TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points, including 8 in the second overtime, and the Toronto Raptors beat Milwaukee, 118-112, on Sunday night to cut the Bucks’ lead to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference finals.
Pascal Siakam had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Norman Powell scored 19 points before fouling out, and Marc Gasol had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who will host Game 4 on Tuesday night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 12 points and 23 rebounds for the Bucks before fouling out with 4 minutes 24 seconds to go in the second overtime. Antetokounmpo shot 5 for 16 from the field.
Toronto won despite Kyle Lowry and Powell fouling out in the fourth quarter. Siakam also missed two free throws with 7.4 seconds left in regulation that could have iced the game for the Raptors.
Siakam redeemed himself by blocking a potential tying shot by Brook Lopez with 43 seconds to go in the second overtime, leading to a layup for Leonard that put Toronto ahead by 114-110 with a little more than 30 seconds to play.
Leonard made 11 of 25 shots and went 12 for 13 at the free-throw line. He had nine rebounds and five assists despite appearing to be bothered by some leg pain.
“This is playoff basketball,” Leonard said. “Everybody’s hurting, so I’ve just got to keep fighting.”
George Hill scored 24 points and Malcolm Brogdon had 20 for the Bucks, who lost for the first time in five road games this postseason. Milwaukee is 10-2 over all in the playoffs.
The Raptors led, 103-99, with 1:26 to go in the first overtime, but Hill tied it at 103-103 by making two free throws with 14 seconds left. Toronto used its final timeout to draw up a play for Leonard, who let the clock run down to 3 seconds before driving for a jumper that missed, sending it to a second extra period.
Hill scored to begin the second overtime, giving Milwaukee its first lead since the opening basket of the game.
Gasol answered with a 3-pointer and Leonard finished a fast break with a left-handed dunk, putting Toronto ahead, 108-105, with 3:13 left.
Khris Middleton of the Bucks shot 3 for 16 from the field, but one of his baskets tied the score with 2.2 seconds to go in regulation. He finished with 9 points.
After suggesting on Saturday that he might change his lineup, Raptors Coach Nick Nurse stuck with his usual starters but gave Powell 30 minutes, the most he has played in a game this postseason.
Toronto fell behind, 9-0, early in a blowout loss in Game 2, but turned that around in Game 3. After Antetokounmpo made a layup for the opening basket, Siakam replied with a hook shot, Gasol followed with a 3-pointer, and the Raptors did not trail again in regulation.
Powell scored 10 points on five shots in the first quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers, and Toronto finished the period leading, 30-21. Gasol, who had 8 points in Games 1 and 2 combined, also made a 2-pointer from long range and scored 8 in the quarter.
The Bucks shot 7 for 21 in the opening quarter. Five of their baskets were 3-pointers.
Leonard scored 11 points in the second and Lowry added 8, but Pat Connaughton made two of Milwaukee’s five 3-pointers as the Bucks closed the gap. The Raptors led, 58-51, at halftime.
Siakam scored 8 points in the third quarter, but the Raptors had six turnovers, leading to 9 points for the Bucks. Toronto took a 77-75 lead into the fourth.
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