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free throws with 8:17 left in the third and the Bucks down by one. He missed both and the Rap­tors peeled off the next nine points to re­build a 10point lead again.

But Toronto shot 5 for 22 in the fourth, the Bucks fi­nally re­claimed the lead, and the Rap­tors’ chance to steal home-court went awry.

“We gave our­selves a chance to win on the road in an Eastern Con­fer­ence fi­nal,” Rap­tors coach Nick Nurse said. “And it didn’t turn out.”

TIP-INS

Rap­tors: Toronto is now 3-15 in Game 1s . ... The Rap­tors fell to 8-1 in these play­offs when lead­ing at half­time . ... Lowry’s seven 3-point­ers were a sea­son high, a play­off ca­reer high and one off his ca­reer high . ... Leonard, who made the al­ready-im­mor­tal four-bounce-off-therim jumper to win Game 7 of the se­cond round against Philadel­phia, got a friendly bounce in the third quar­ter — when a jumper hit the iron three times be­fore fall­ing.

Bucks: Os­car Robert­son, part of Mil­wau­kee’s lone NBA ti­tle team, was rec­og­nized in the first quar­ter and held the 1971 cham­pi­onship tro­phy — a large sil­ver bowl atop a wooden base, not the golden Larry O’brien Tro­phy of now — for the fans to see . ... An­te­tok­oun­mpo started su­per-fast with two bas­kets, a steal, a re­bound and a blocked shot, all in the first 85 sec­onds . ... Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament was court­side.

EX­PE­RI­ENCE

With Pau Ga­sol in­jured, Ge­orge Hill is the only Mil­wau­kee player who had ap­peared in a con­fer­ence fi­nals game be­fore Wed­nes­day. The Rap­tors have seven play­ers who had been in at least one pre­vi­ously: Leonard, Danny Green and Serge Ibaka are all in this round for the fifth time, while Lowry, Marc Ga­sol, Nor­man Pow­ell and Pa­trick Mc­caw have also been in this round be­fore.

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