NBA: Toronto ousts Milwaukee for first ever Finals stint

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Updated: May 29, 2019
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) hoist the Eastern Conference trophy after winning game six of the Eastern conference finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks at Scotiabank Arena John E Sokolowski, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters TORONTO (UPDATE 2) -- The Toronto Raptors made history the hard way Saturday night, reaching the NBA Finals for the first time after rallying past the Milwaukee Bucks 100-94 in Game 6 Trailing by 15 points with 2:18 remaining in the third quarter, the Raptors scored the final 10 points of the frame Then, with Kawhi Leonard on the bench for the first 3:30 of the fourth quarter, they took a two-point lead Leonard returned, and the game was in good hands He finished with 27 points -- seven in the fourth quarter -- a career-best 17 rebounds and seven assists "Just one possession at a time," Leonard said, describing the comeback "We kept fighting the whole game" The Raptors, who lost the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals before winning four straight, will open the NBA Finals at home on Thursday night against the Golden State Warriors "It's still surreal to me right now," Leonard said "But this is what we've been striving for all season It's not over yet" Pascal Siakam added 18 points, Kyle Lowry had 17 and Fred VanVleet scored 14 for the Raptors "Kawhi stays level-headed all the time," Lowry said "He brought that pedigree with him" "He inspired us tonight with monster rebounds," Raptors coach Nick Nurse added "It wasn't going well for us, it was kind of a frustrating night

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But we kept playing

" Lowry has been through many playoff failures in seven years with the Raptors.

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