A fourth-quarter surge saw the Milwaukee Bucks defeat the visiting Toronto Raptors 108-100 on Wednesday night in the opening game of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Brook Lopez scored a playoff-career-best 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Malcolm Brogdon added 15 points off the bench for the Bucks.
Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 31 points and nine rebounds, Kyle Lowry had 30 points, while Pascal Siakam scored 15 points.
The Bucks, trailed by as many as 13 points in the first quarter, scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter to lead by one.
They took a three-point lead on Middleton’s three-pointer with 7:50 remaining.
Game 2 takes place in Milwaukee in the early hours of Saturday.