Breakfast Special: Kyle Lowry’s Fourth-Quarter Heroics

How about Kyle Lowry in Game 1 of the Bucks-Raptors Eastern Conference Finals?

The veteran put the team on his back and scored all of Toronto’s field goals in the fourth quarter of an ultimately futile but valiantly fought 108-100 loss.

Yep, all of Toronto’s field goals. All five of them.

The Raptors were up seven heading into the fourth, but Milwaukee outscored them 32-17 in the final frame, Lowry shooting 5-of-7 and his teammates shooting 0-of-15.

Pascal Siakam did, however, hit a sweet buzzer beater to end the third quarter and at the very least put a nice final flourish on non-Lowry shot making…too bad it was with 12 minutes left in the game.

Bucks fans brought the heat for this one, and it’s nice to know that the corporatization of American sports that built richie-rich pleasure palaces like Fiserv Forum hasn’t completely blunted fan enthusiasm.

From the “Paul Pierce sucks” chants at the end of Game 5 to the “Fear the Deer” chants in this one, you gotta love Bucks fans.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points on 7-of-16 for Milwaukee, Brook Lopez took ruthless advantage every time the Raptors dropped a help defender onto Greekazoid and ended up with 29 on 12-of-21 including 4-of-11 from long range, and Malcolm Brogdon posted 15 points and a game-best plus-18 off the bench.

Meanwhile, the Bucks dominated the rebounding battle 60-46, three Bucks players (Antetokounmpo, Lopez, and Khris Middleton) ending up in double figures in that stat.

Lowry ended up with 30 for Toronto, while Kawhi Leonard had an inefficient 31 points on just 10-of-26 shooting, one of those mixed-blessing games not radically unlike the 41 points on 39 shots he posted in the series clincher against the Sixers.

Raptors not named Kyle or Kawhi shot a putrid 14-of-51 (27.4 percent.)

Although if we’re giving out Razzies for this particular sports movie, Bucks starters not named Giannis or Brook shot 10-of-33 (30.3 percent), so that wasn’t much better.

The Bucks shot 39.8 percent from the field and 25 percent from deep and still won. That doesn’t augur well for the Raptors in the rest of this series, especially if Mike Budenholzer is able to adjust and strategize on the fly like he did in the Celtics series.

Considering he out-foxed Brad Stevens, it’s probably not a stretch to say he’s going to win the meeting of minds with Nick Nurse.

We may have just seen the seeds of Bucks in 5 planted here, and who’s ready for a straight-outta-the-70s Bucks-Warriors series? We may not have Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Rick Barry to provide the entertainment this time, but Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant make a fine modern reboot version of that particular movie.

Give it up for Giannis…

…but Lopez is man of the match:

Hey, can I interest you in a SCORCHING HOT TAEK about Zion Williamson? Bottom of the page. “Previous article”. Click it. Try to decide how much of it was serious and how much of it is “I am not above a little clickbait if it gets me in front of more eyeballs via Google.” (hint: a little bit of “LeBron diss track” and a little bit of traffic.)

Stay tuned, and thanks for reading!