The Raptors Survived A Grueling Double Overtime Slugfest To Beat The Bucks In Game 3

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In what was virtually a must-win scenario for Toronto on their home floor on Sunday, the Raptors were eventually able to gut out a grueling 118-112 win in double-overtime to make it a 2-1 series and give themselves a chance to even things up in Game 4 on Tuesday.

It was Kawhi Leonard who led the way for the Raptors with 36 points, to go along with eight rebounds and five assists, including two huge breakaway dunks in the second overtime and a clutch layup with under 40 seconds remaining to put the game out of reach for good.

This Eastern Conference Finals series has often hinged on contributions from role players, and that trend continued in Game 3 as Pascal Siakam and Normal Powell both stepped up in a big way. Siakam finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Powell added 19 points.

The Raptors were once again determined not to let Giannis beat them, and they passed that test with flying colors as he was held scoreless from the midway point of the second quarter to the nine-minute mark of the fourth and finished with just 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting, but added 23 rebounds and seven assists before fouling out in the second overtime.

Still, the Bucks had five other players in double figures, led by George Hill with 24 points and Malcolm Brogdon with 20 off the bench. It was Kris Middleton who sent the game into the first overtime with a tough layup after the initial block to tie the game at 96-96 with two seconds remaining in regulation.

Marc Gasol, who was just 3-of-20 through Games 1 and 2 from downtown, started to heat up early in Toronto and equaled his point total for the series with eight points in the first quarter alone on a pair of three-pointers and hit a huge three in double-overtime to finish with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists.