In Sunday’s Game 3 at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 118-112 in a double-overtime thriller and is now down 2-1 after dropping the first two races on the road.
Kawhi Leonard led the way with 36 points, nine rebounds and five assists, but he received critical assistance from supporting members Pascal Siakam with 25 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, Norman Powell with 19 points and Marc Gasol with 16 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, and five blocks.
Even with all that, when Siakam missed two free throws in the final 10 seconds of regulation that would push their lead to four, the Raptors needed two overtime to win. On the other end, Khris Middleton scored to tie the game, and at the buzzer, Siakam missed a potential three-game winner.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 12 points and 23 rebounds to go in the second overtime before fouling out with 4:24. Shooting Antetokounmpo 5 for 16.
Toronto won despite guards Kyle Lowry and Powell both fouling out in the fourth quarter. Siakam also missed a pair of free throws with 7.4 seconds left in regulation that could have iced the game for the Raptors.
Siakam redeemed himself by blocking a potential tying shot by Brook Lopez with 43 seconds to go in the second overtime, leading to a layup for Leonard that put Toronto up 114-110 with just over 30 seconds to play.
Leonard took 11 of 25 shots and at the free throw line went 12 for 13. Despite appearing to be bothered by some leg pain, he had nine rebounds and five assists.
“I’m feeling all right. This is playoff basketball,” Leonard said. “Everybody’s hurting so I’ve just got to keep fighting.”
George Hill scored 24 points and the Bucks had 20 for Malcolm Brogdon, who lost this postseason in five road games for the first time. Milwaukee is in the playoffs 10-2 overall.
The Raptors led 103-99 with 1:26 to go in the first overtime but Hill tied it at 103 by making a pair of free throws with 14 seconds left. Toronto used its final timeout to draw up a play for Leonard, who let the clock run down to 3 seconds before driving for a jumper that missed, sending it to a second extra period.
Hill’s tiebreaking basket to begin the second overtime put Milwaukee up 105-103, its first lead since the opening basket of the game.