FILE PHOTO: May 23, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives for the basket as Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) defends in the fourth quarter in game five of the Eastern conference finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
May 24, 2019
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks went from a 2-0 series lead to a 3-2 deficit and face elimination Saturday in Toronto. The MVP candidate had a message for Milwaukee fans on Thursday night after the Raptors took a third consecutive game in the best-of-seven series.
“We’re not gonna fold,” Antetokounmpo said. “We’re the best team in the league. We’re gonna go in, give it everything we got. We can’t fold. We’re gonna come back to Milwaukee being pissed.”
After the 105-99 loss Thursday in Game 5, Antetokounmpo received treatment for a right ankle injury. He said there was no particular play when his ankle was hurt, but added it wouldn’t be a problem when the team takes on the Raptors in Toronto in Game 6.
“I just want to win,” Antetokounmpo said. “I think we had a chance to win it, but we didn’t. Obviously, I’m pissed. I am not gonna lie to you. We got two more games to go.”
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer took Antetokounmpo out of the game with 1:12 remaining. He said he noticed the injury when Antetokounmpo attempted a backcourt steal against Kawhi Leonard.
Budenholzer said the Bucks will all be ready to roll Saturday.
“I think we talk about the character of the group and the toughness and competitiveness of the group,” Budenholzer said. “It’s first of four. We’ve got to go to Toronto, get a game, and I think the group will be ready. They’ll fill their cup up and be ready to go.”
–Field Level Media
FILE PHOTO: Dec 24, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) and quarterback Dak Prescott (4) run onto the field before a game against the Seattle Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
May 24, 2019
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones remains upbeat about signing quarterback Dak Prescott to a long-term deal after the sides exchanged contract proposals.
Prescott said Thursday his representatives countered the original contract offer from the Cowboys.
“We never really know where we are with anybody until we get one done,” Jones said. “But we’re moving along satisfactorily with all of our contract negotiations.”
Jones told Cowboys Hall of Famer Michael Irvin on the Rich Eisen Show in early May that he was confident the deal with Prescott, entering his fourth NFL season, would get done.
“We are sold on Dak,” Jones said. “We do want to have him for the long term. We think he is worthy of investing in for the long term. …
“When you look at the snaps he has had, the situations he has been in and how he has got here and you see he has performed, we see real upside in Dak. You don’t have it all yet. We love the way he logically progresses through a game. You see when the going gets tough when he’s got to come from behind when he turns it loose a little bit. You see him make those plays. He emboldens me to make a deal with him that puts him here for the long term.”
Dallas is installing a tweaked offensive system after Scott Linehan was replaced as coordinator by Kellen Moore. Prescott said he notices changes that are beyond subtle shifts.
“You’ll definitely notice it because we’re presenting it different,” Prescott said. “I can’t tell you we’re gonna have whole new offensive plays and things like that, but they’ll definitely be presented in different ways. And that’ll be a big help for us.”
The Cowboys selected Prescott, a Mississippi State product, in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He has started every game in three seasons, leading the team to 32 wins and two NFC East titles.
Prescott, who turns 26 in July, has completed 66.1 percent of his passes, throwing for 10,876 yards with 67 touchdowns and 25 interceptions.
–Field Level Media
FILE PHOTO: Cycling – Tour de France cycling race – The 184.5 km (114.6 miles) Stage 17 from Berne to Finhaut-Emosson, Switzerland – 20/07/2016 – Team Katusha rider Ilnur Zakarin of Russia wins on the finish line. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
May 24, 2019
CERESOLE REALE, Italy (Reuters) – Russian Ilnur Zakarin powered to victory in the 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia, the first mountain test for the overall contenders, while favorites Primoz Roglic and Vincenzo Nibali finished together on Friday.
A member of the day’s breakaway, Katusha’s Zakarin went solo in the final climb to beat Spain’s Mikel Nieve by 35 seconds and another Spaniard, Mikel Landa, by 1:20 with Jan Polanc of Slovenia retaining the overall leader’s pink jersey.
Slovenian Roglic and Italian Nibali crossed the line 2:57 off the pace after allowing several riders to come back into the game.
“The last climb was really hard, I did not have a lot of strength left,” said Zakarin, who now has ambitions for the general classification.
“Now I can aim at a top five.”
It was another bad day for Simon Yates as the Briton finished five minutes behind Zakarin after he had already lost considerable ground in last Sunday’s individual time trial.
Mitchelton Scott’s Yates cracked after Landa attacked early in the last climb, a 20.3-climb up to Lake Serru, the Movistar rider benefiting from the help of several team mates.
Another top contender, Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez, dropped out in the last ascent after suffering mechanical problems and reached the finish 4:19 down on Zakarin.
Overall, Polanc leads Roglic by 2:25 with Zakarin third 2:56 off the pace.
Dutchman Bauke Mollema is fourth, 3:06 behind Polanc, with double champion Nibali 4:09 down on the leader.
Saturday’s 14th stage is a grueling 131-km mountain trek from Saint Vincent to Courmayeur featuring five categorized climbs.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)
FILE PHOTO: May 16, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; Rory McIlroy plays his shot from the fourth tee during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park – Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
May 18, 2019
By Andrew Both
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (Reuters) – As Brooks Koepka prepared to start the third round at the PGA Championship with a commanding seven-stroke lead, Rory McIlroy was long done with his day, reduced to being an after-thought at a tournament he entered as the best player in the world this year.
McIlroy shot a one-under-par 69 that would have been significantly better with a co-operative putter but, for someone whose career revolves around the majors, it was a jarring experience to tee off among the dew-sweepers.
But the four-times major champion, who made the halfway cut with nothing to spare, said he had not earned the right to a later tee time, as the scorecard spoke for itself.
“I haven’t played well enough to be out there, and that’s the way it is,” the Northern Irishman said when asked if he wished he was in Koepka’s position.
“I feel that would be very entitled (to think that).
“It’s awesome (the way Koepka is playing). I watched most of it yesterday afternoon. He’s definitely, in these events, playing on a different level than most anyone else.”
Saturday dawned magnificent on Long Island, with bright sunshine and a light breeze helping to dry out a course drenched with rain earlier in the week.
The greens remained soft, allowing players to be aggressive with their approach shots.
But low scores remained elusive on a long and demanding course that is never a pushover, no matter what the conditions, with two-under-par rounds of 68 by Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Irishman Shane Lowry the best of the earlier finishers.
McIlroy for his part started well with an eagle at the par-five fourth, where he sank a 30-foot putt.
When he made the turn, he had played the previous 18 holes in seven under par, spread over two days but the back nine proved a more difficult equation.
He three-putted the 14th hole and then after almost holing out from 190 yards at the par-four 15th with a magnificent second shot, missed the seven-foot birdie putt.
Clearly frustrated, he was distracted on the 16th tee by spectators, nearly all of whom seemed more interested in capturing him with their smartphones than actually watching.
“Guys, can you turn your phones down,” McIlroy said in quiet exasperation.
Less than an hour later he was done, signing for a two-over 212 total.
He predicted some good scores by the leaders.
“Overall, with the sun, (the course is) firming up a little bit,” he said.
“I still think it’s pretty scorable. If Brooks hits it the way he did it the first couple of days, I can see him shooting a good score in the 60s, and if he does that, obviously it’s going to be very hard to get near him.”
(Reporting by Andrew Both; editing by Clare Fallon)
Motorsport – W Series – Zolder – Zolder, Belgium – May 18, 2019 Netherlands’ Beitske Visser celebrates after winning the race with second place Britain’s Jamie Chadwick and third place Britain’s Alice Powell REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw
May 18, 2019
(Reuters) – Dutch driver Beitske Visser won the second race of the all-female W Series at Zolder in Belgium on Saturday with Britain’s Jamie Chadwick retaining the overall lead after beating compatriot Alice Powell for second place.
Chadwick, inaugural winner in Hockenheim two weeks ago, had lined up on pole position again but former Red Bull junior driver Visser made the better start and stayed ahead through two safety car periods to win by 8.451 seconds.
Visser moved up to second overall, on 37 points and six behind Chadwick, in the series which uses identical Formula Three cars.
“They tried to make it hard for me but starting from P2 (second place), I had a perfect start,” said Visser. “I think we did a perfect job today.”
There was drama at the start with Belgian driver Sarah Bovy lining up out of position and with smoke billowing from her stranded car.
Finnish driver Emma Kimilanen had already dropped out on medical advice, after a crash in Hockenheim triggered the recurrence of an old injury, and was replaced by Hungarian reserve Vivien Keszthelyi.
The safety car was deployed briefly after the opening lap and Visser then pulled away at the restart ahead of Chadwick and Powell.
Another safety car period came after Britain’s Esmee Hawkey tried a move up the inside of Polish driver Gosia Rdest and the two collided.
The race settled down with 15 minutes remaining and Visser continuing to increase the gap to Chadwick, coming under increasing pressure from Powell.
Powell seized second place at turn nine with two minutes remaining, and the two Britons running wheel to wheel, but Chadwick went back in front with a lap to go.
The six-race series is aimed at helping women up the motorsport ladder. The overall winner will collect $500,000, with prize money down to 18th place.
(Writing by Ian Page, editing by Alan Baldwin and Clare Fallon)
Soccer Football – Bundesliga – Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt – Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany – May 18, 2019 Bayern Munich’s Rafinha, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery lift the trophy as they celebrate winning the Bundesliga REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach DFL regulations prohibit any use of photographs as image sequences and/or quasi-video
May 18, 2019
MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – Bayern Munich won a record-extending seventh consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday after crushing Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 to finish two points ahead of rivals Borussia Dortmund.
The Bavarians, who can secure a domestic double if they beat RB Leipzig in the German Cup final on May 25, have now won the German league title a record 29 times.
“It was no easy season by any means. What the team managed to achieve after a lot of criticism is significant. That is why I would like to thank them all,” Bayern coach Niko Kovac told Sky after his team topped the standings with 78 points.
With veterans Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben scoring in their last league game for the club and the Frenchman becoming the first player to win nine Bundesliga titles, victory was also sweet for Kovac.
He spent much of his first season at Bayern under pressure while his future in Munich, despite a contract to 2021, is still in doubt.
“I am convinced that it will continue (here),” Kovac said. “I have first-hand information. Now I hope that we can also win the Cup and celebrate the double.”
With two points separating Bayern and Dortmund going into the final matchday, the Bavarians were in no mood for any mishaps considering they had squandered a chance to wrap up the title last week when they drew at RB Leipzig.
In a dominant first half they went ahead with Kingsley Coman after four minutes and missed a bagful of chances to score again.
Frankfurt briefly leveled when Sebastien Haller stabbed in on the rebound in the 50th but their hopes of a top-four finish lasted only minutes with David Alaba and Renato Sanches netting for the hosts in the 53rd and 58th.
Ribery, who joined back in 2007, and Robben, who arrived two years later, then came on as substitutes and scored Bayern’s fourth and fifth goals for a perfect farewell.
Ribery overtook Bayern greats Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Oliver Kahn and Mehmet Scholl among other, who have eight league crowns to their names.
Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski was crowned the league’s top scorer for the fourth time with 22 goals.
Dortmund finished on 76 points after beating Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0. RB Leipzig, third, and fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen will join them in next season’s Champions League.
Gladbach, VfL Wolfsburg and Frankfurt will compete in the Europa League.
(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Pritha Sarkar and Clare Fallon)
May 11, 2019; Carson, CA, USA; LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9) tangles up with New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson (1) during the second half at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
May 18, 2019
(Reuters) – LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was handed a two-game ban for violent conduct after he grabbed New York City goalkeeper Sean Johnson by the neck in their 2-0 MLS win last Saturday.
The pair were involved in an altercation in the 86th minute of the match after Sweden’s Ibrahimovic missed an opportunity to score, with Johnson going to ground holding his neck.
“The disciplinary committee has suspended LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic for two games and issued an undisclosed fine for violent conduct in the 86th minute against New York City FC on May 11,” the MLS said in a statement.
Former Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic, who signed a new one-year deal with Galaxy last December, will miss matches against Colorado Rapids on Sunday and Orlando City on May 24.
The 37-year-old was also fined earlier this month for simulation in their 3-1 defeat by Columbus Crew.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
FILE PHOTO: Apr 28, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs outfielder Kris Bryant rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
May 18, 2019
Chicago’s Kris Bryant slugged three home runs and drove in five runs, and the Cubs hit six homers in a 14-6 rout of the host Washington Nationals on Friday.
Bryant clubbed his third homer — and fourth hit — in the ninth inning. He went deep in each of the final three frames, joining Sammy Sosa (2002) as the only Cubs players to homer three innings in a row. Bryant, 27, also had a three-homer game in Cincinnati on June 27, 2016.
Cole Hamels (4-0) tossed five innings of two-run ball as the Cubs broke a two-game losing streak behind an 18-hit attack.
Bryant went 4-for-6, Willson Contreras had four hits including a two-run homer, Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber hit two-run blasts, and Javier Baez extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games with two hits.
Astros 3, Red Sox 1
George Springer clubbed his American League-leading 17th home run in the eighth inning, and Houston rallied for a victory at Boston, the Astros’ ninth consecutive win.
Springer socked a first-pitch changeup from Rick Porcello 395 feet just to center field, scoring Jake Marisnick and erasing a one-run deficit. Porcello entered the eighth having retired seven consecutive batters before surrendering his first extra-base hit of the night when Marisnick doubled to left.
Porcello (3-4) allowed two runs on six hits and one walk with three strikeouts in seven-plus innings for Boston, which had won 12 of 15 games. Will Harris (1-0) threw one scoreless inning for the win, and Roberto Osuna handled the ninth inning for his 11th save.
Yankees 4, Rays 3
Gio Urshela hit a game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, capping a three-run rally that pushed New York past visiting Tampa Bay.
The Yankees beat the Rays for the third time in four meetings this year when Urshela hit a 2-0 fastball over center fielder Kevin Kiermaier’s head off Jose Alvarado (0-3). Upon hitting the ball, Urshela pumped his right fist and flipped off his helmet to celebrate giving New York its third walk-off win of the season and producing his first career walk-off hit.
Luke Voit, who went 3-for-4, started the comeback from a 3-1 deficit by hammering the first pitch of the ninth over the right-center-field fence to make it a one-run game. The Yankees later forged a 3-3 tie when pinch runner Thairo Estrada scored on a wild pitch.
Athletics 7, Tigers 2
Frankie Montas came within one out of his first career complete game, Mark Canha and Chad Pinder blasted two-run homers, and visiting Oakland overpowered Detroit.
In his 22nd career start, Montas (5-2) gave up two runs on four hits without a walk and struck out 10. Canha also hit a two-run homer in the Athletics’ 17-3 victory on Thursday in the series opener. Khris Davis supplied three hits, a run and an RBI.
Miguel Cabrera and Josh Harrison had RBI doubles for the Tigers, who have lost five straight, all at home. Daniel Norris (2-2) gave up six runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Blue Jays 10, White Sox 2
Justin Smoak, Danny Jansen and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered, and Toronto coasted to a win over host Chicago.
Billy McKinney finished 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI for the Blue Jays, who amassed 15 hits. Toronto bounced back from a two-hit performance one night earlier to even the four-game series at one win apiece.
Leury Garcia and Yoan Moncada each drove in one run to lead the White Sox at the plate. Guerrero provided the highlight with his third home run in 17 games since reaching the big leagues. With one on and nobody out in the fourth, he ripped a high line drive toward straightaway center field.
Marlins 8, Mets 6
Jorge Alfaro hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs to help Miami end a seven-game losing streak with a win against visiting New York.
Miami’s Garrett Cooper had two hits and drove in his first two runs of the season to end a 26-inning scoreless streak. Brian Anderson had two hits and scored twice for the Marlins, who also ended a seven-game losing streak against the Mets dating to last season.
Trevor Richards (1-5) went 6 1/3 innings for Miami, allowing three runs and six hits. He struck out four and walked three.
Phillies 5, Rockies 4
Bryce Harper greeted reliever Carlos Estevez with a two-run double in the fifth inning, propelling Philadelphia to a victory over visiting Colorado in the opener of a three-game series.
Cole Irvin (2-0) overcame his own fielding miscues to win his second straight start, thanks in large part to the three shutout innings by three Philadelphia relievers.
Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer, and Jean Segura had three hits for the Phillies.
Orioles 5, Indians 1
Jonathan Villar belted a three-run homer. and Dylan Bundy tossed 5 2/3 solid innings as Baltimore recorded a victory at Cleveland.
Stevie Wilkerson homered to lead off the fourth inning and added an RBI double in the eighth for the Orioles, who posted just their second win in their last nine outings overall and fourth in their last 16 versus Cleveland. Wilkerson also made a leaping catch in center field to deny Carlos Gonzalez of extra bases in the eighth inning.
Jake Bauers had an RBI single in the second inning for the Indians, who mustered just three hits — all singles — after setting season highs in both runs and hits (14) on Thursday in a 14-7 victory in the opener of the four-game series.
Rangers 7, Cardinals 3
Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo each homered during a seven-run second inning, and Adrian Sampson earned his first major league victory by tossing 5 1/3 solid innings of relief as Texas cruised past St. Louis in the opener of a three-game series in Arlington, Texas.
The Rangers have won three straight. The Cardinals have lost three straight and are 4-12 since May 1.
Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas (4-4), who spent the 2014 season with the Rangers, faced the minimum in the first inning before Texas busted out in the second, when nine of its first 10 batters reached against Mikolas.
Braves 12, Brewers 8
Atlanta cranked three home runs in a nine-run sixth inning in support of Max Fried and rolled to a win over visiting Milwaukee. The Braves posted their sixth win in the past seven games.
Atlanta entered the sixth with a three-run lead and put it away with the long ball. Dansby Swanson snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a three-run shot to get it started, and Josh Donaldson added a solo homer. Tyler Flowers finished it with a two-run blast to center field.
The Braves completed the rally on Ronald Acuna Jr.’s two-run single. Acuna was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Atlanta improved to 6-1 since he moved into the leadoff position.
Dodgers 6, Reds 0
Rich Hill struck out 10 over six scoreless innings while Joc Pederson and Max Muncy hit back-to-back home runs as Los Angeles started a three-city road trip with a shutout victory at Cincinnati.
Hill (1-1) was shaky in his first three starts to the season after recovering from a knee sprain, but put it together against the Reds with his first double-digit strikeout performance since June 29, 2018.
Dodgers pitchers recorded their fifth shutout in the past nine games, including two consecutive, while striking out 13 batters. Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani (2-2) gave up four runs on six hits over four innings while losing a game for the first time since April 7.
(Field Level Media)
FILE PHOTO: Dec 9, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans tight end Ryan Griffin (84) runs with the ball after a reception during the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
May 18, 2019
The Houston Texans have released veteran tight end Ryan Griffin, multiple outlets reported Friday, three weeks after he was arrested in Nashville, Tenn., for allegedly punching a hotel window.
Griffin, 29, was charged with vandalism and public intoxication after he was arrested April 26, the night of the second and third rounds of the NFL draft held in Nashville. He sustained a bloody left hand in the incident and was released a day later on $1,750 bond, with a court date set for May 31.
Griffin was entering the final year of a three-year, $9 million extension signed in March of 2017. He was set to count $2.7 million against the cap, but Houston will save all of that figure. A sixth-round pick by the Texans in 2013, Griffin had 24 catches for 305 yards in 14 games (11 starts) last season. Through six seasons, he has 136 catches for 1,491 yards and seven scores in 77 games (36 starts).
–New York Giants left tackle Nate Solder will miss offseason workouts as he recovers from arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs in an ankle, NFL Network reported. He is expected to be ready to take part in training camp this summer.
Solder, 31, played the first seven years of his career with New England before he signed a four-year, $62 million deal with the Giants in advance of the 2018 season. He started all 16 games.
The Giants will be counting on Solder to help improve the protection of the quarterback after Eli Manning was sacked 47 times last season.
–The Baltimore Ravens made additions to both sides of the ball, reaching one-year free agent deals with defensive end Shane Ray and wide receiver Michael Floyd.
Ray, the 23rd pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, had 12 sacks over his first two NFL seasons, including eight in 2016. But multiple wrist surgeries in 2017 led to a drop in production — two sacks over the next two seasons and inactive for the final three games of 2018.
Floyd, the 13th overall selection in 2012 by the Arizona Cardinals, has played with four teams in the past three seasons. He was with the Washington Redskins last season when he had 10 receptions for 100 yards and one touchdown over 13 games (three starts). He has 266 career receptions for 3,959 yards and 25 touchdowns.
–In other personnel moves:
The Carolina Panthers announced the signing of wide receiver Aldrick Robinson to a one-year contract. He had 17 catches for 231 yards and a career-high five touchdowns last season with Minnesota, his fifth team in seven seasons.
The New England Patriots signed linebacker Brandon King to a two-year extension, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported. King’s biggest impact comes on special teams, where he has played 1,307 snaps over the last four seasons.
The Indianapolis Colts announced they have signed safety Isaiah Johnson and waived cornerback D.J. Killings. Johnson, 27, has six tackles in 12 career games with Detroit and the Los Angeles Rams. Killings, 23, has spent most of his two-year career on numerous practice squads, though he was active for a time with the Colts last season.
–Prosecutors in Florida are appealing a judge’s decision to suppress video evidence in their case against Robert Kraft, in which they allege the Patriots owner solicited a prostitute at a massage parlor in Jupiter.
Earlier this week, Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser sided with the defense’s contention that the warrant that allowed recording devices into the spa, and the methods detectives used to obtain video, did not sufficiently protect the privacy and identity of innocent people in the surveillance videos.
Kraft, 77, visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter on Jan. 19 and 20, during which time prosecutors claim Kraft paid for and received sex acts at the spa.
(Field Level Media)
May 17, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks during the first quarter against the Toronto Raptors in game two of the Eastern conference finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
May 18, 2019
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and added five assists as the Milwaukee Bucks took command early in defeating the visiting Toronto Raptors 125-103 Friday night to grab a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
The next two games will be played Sunday and Tuesday in Toronto.
Ersan Ilyasova added 17 points off the bench for the Bucks. Nikola Mirotic had 15 points, Malcolm Brogdon 14, George Hill 13 and Khris Middleton 12.
Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points and had eight rebounds for the Raptors. Kyle Lowry added 15 points, Norman Powell had 14 points, and Serge Ibaka contributed eight points and 10 rebounds.
The Bucks, who never trailed on the night, led by as many as 28 points in the third quarter and entered the fourth with a 17-point advantage.
The Raptors cut the deficit to 15 on Leonard’s layup and free throw with 6:10 to play, but Antetokounmpo quickly answered with his own three-point play.
Toronto’s Pascal Siakam fouled out with 5:17 to go, finishing the game with eight points.
The Bucks scored the first nine points of the game, led by as many as 18 points in the first quarter and were ahead 35-21 after 12 minutes.
The Raptors pulled within 12 during the second quarter, but the Bucks turned it on again and took a 19-point lead when Ilyasova nailed a 3-pointer with 4:58 remaining in the first half.
The Bucks led 64-39 at halftime, shooting 48.9 percent from the field while the Raptors shot 36.6 percent. For the game, Milwaukee outshot Toronto 46.7 percent to 42.5 percent.
Antetokounmpo opened the third quarter with a layup and a free throw, bumping the lead to 28.
The Raptors had trimmed the margin to 23 with 9:26 left in the third when they encountered foul trouble with Siakam picking up his fifth personal foul.
Fred VanVleet made a 5-footer with 3:52 remaining, and Milwaukee’s lead had dwindled to 13.
The Bucks got the gap back to 19, however, on consecutive layups by Hill late in the third.
Toronto’s Jodie Meeks ended the third quarter with a 3-pointer to cut Milwaukee’s lead to 95-78.
(-Field Level Media)