Raptors ‘Klaw’ Way To First Finals Appearance
May 25, 2019, will be a day remembered in the minds and hearts of basketball fans everywhere. Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals commenced at Scotiabank Arena between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks. After trailing the series 0-2, Toronto would win three straights games, including a crucial Game 5 in Milwaukee. Coming home for Game 6 with a series lead of 3-2, the Raptors needed one more victory to secure a spot in the NBA Finals, the first time in the franchise's 24 year history.
It looked as though the Bucks were going to force a Game 7 back in Milwaukee as MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo and his teammates caught fire to begin the game. Milwaukee leads by as much as 15 points during the first half but had it cut to seven at halftime. Toronto trailed for most of the game, but Raptors guard Kyle Lowry dishes to Serge Ibaka for a dunk to tie the game at 78 with 10:30 remaining in the 4th quarter. The team would take the lead on the next possession and never look back.
Toronto won the game by a score of 100-94. The box score according to CBS Sports, Kyle Lowry finishes with 17 points, five rebounds, and eight assists while superstar forward Kawhi Leonard caps his night off with 27 points, 17 rebounds, and 7 assists. Leonard, Lowry and the rest of the Raptors will host the defending champion Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on May 30.