On the heels of a memorable and grueling double-overtime battle in Game 3, the Toronto Raptors faced questions as to whether they would be able to bounce back with another inspired effort just 48 hours later. Those concerns were alleviated in a hurry during Game 4, and Nick Nurse’s team cruised to a 120-102 victory to send things back to Milwaukee at 2-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Despite a raucous home crowd at Scotiabank Arena, the Bucks struck first and with authority. Milwaukee began the night with a 12-5 run and that spurt included a pair of dunks from Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The rest of the first half, however, belonged to the home team. The Raptors put together a quick 10-3 run to tie the game.
Kyle Lowry led the way with 12 points in the first five minutes and the Raptors converted six three-pointers to take a one-point lead at the end of the opening period.
The biggest blow of the first half would then occur coming out of the quarter break, as Toronto scored the first nine points for a 13-0 run overall. The end result was a double-digit lead.
For the remainder of the half, the game took on a back-and-forth nature, with the pace slowing down and the shot-making of the first quarter evaporating on both sides. Still, Toronto took a 10-point lead into the break, based heavily on 28 points from the bench (including 12 points and nine rebounds from Serge Ibaka) and 18 points from Lowry.