2017 NBA Playoffs: Raptors and Spurs advance to conference semifinals

Here’s what happened on day thirteen of the 2017 NBA Playoffs:

TOR 92 – MIL 89, TOR wins series in six games

The Toronto Raptors led by as much as 25 points, but nearly gave up all of it to the Milwaukee Bucks, before rallying in time to close out their first-round series.

A DeMarre Carroll triple made it 71-46 with 5:17 left in the third period, but Toronto managed just three more points in the quarter, as Milwaukee sliced their deficit down to 13, entering the fourth, 74-61.

With 3:06 to go, Jason Terry canned a triple to put Milwaukee ahead, 80-78. DeMar DeRozan tied it up, before Greg Monroe got it back with a layup. In response, Toronto scored nine unanswered, including five by Cory Joseph, to lead for good, 89-82. Still, the Bucks refused to give up. Another Terry triple had it at just a two-point game, 89-87, 16.5 ticks on the clock. A split by DeMar DeRozan at the line left the door open for overtime, but Giannis Antetokounmpo was only able to get a dunk on the ensuing possession. DeRozan made 2-of-2 this time out at the stripe, and then Patterson came up with a steal of the inbounds pass, to wrap this one up.

DeRozan came up huge in this game, scoring 32 points on a 50 percent shooting clip, 8-of-9 from the foul line. He also added four rebounds, three assists, and five steals. Kyle Lowry chipped in 13 points and four dimes, as Toronto’s two All-Stars were the only Raptors in double-figures, scoring-wise.

Milwaukee got a heroic effort from Giannis Antetokounmpo, who played nearly the entire game. He logged 34 points on 13-of-23 shooting with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks. Khris Middleton poured in 19 markers, while Matthew Dellavedova managed 12 off the bench.

Up next for the Raptors is an early rematch of last season’s conference finals against the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers.

SAS 103 – MEM 96, SAS wins series in six games

Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker came up with clutch baskets to eliminate the Memphis Grizzlies on the road.

The back-and-forth affair saw nine lead changes and 16 deadlocks.

The last tie came at the 2:49 mark of the final period, when Marc Gasol knotted things with a pair of free throws, 92-all. In response, David Lee scored off a layup, then Kawhi Leonard made a steal that led to a Tony Parker jumper, both baskets coming off Leonard assists.

Two free throws by Vince Carter halved Memphis’ deficit with 1:33 still to play. However, Tony Parker nailed another jumper, then after a huge missed triple by Mike Conley, Leonard nailed a pair of charities to essentially wrap this one up.

Conley had one more shot to make things interesting, getting fouled on a three-point basket. With 28.7 seconds left, he hit only two-of-three, and Leonard secured the rebound, resulting in a quick Parker deuce to really put the nail in the coffin.

Leonard erupted for 29 points on 19 attempts, plus a sterling 12-of-13 stint at the foul line. He also logged nine rebounds, four assists, and three steals, versus just a single turnover. Parker on the other hand shot 11-of-14 from the field, en route to 27 points. LaMarcus Aldridge contributed a double-double of 17 markers and 12 boards.

Conley led the Grizzlies with 26 points and five assists. Marc Gasol produced 18 points, five boards, and six dimes. Zach Randolph put up 13 markers and 11 caroms.

The Spurs advance to play the Houston Rockets in the conference semifinals.

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