As the final seconds of the third quarter of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals bled away, Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakambrought the ball upcourt. At the last moment, and still a couple of steps behind the 3-point line, he rose up for a shot over the outstretched arm of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, and the ball softly dropped through the net as the buzzer sounded.
The basket gave the Raptors an 83-76 lead after three quarters and seemingly had them poised to steal home-court advantage from the top-seeded Bucks in this series. Instead, it turned out to be the final field goal that any Raptor not named Kyle Lowry would make Wednesday night.
Rather than take an early lead in the series, the Raptors instead saw the Bucks outscore them 32-17 in the final quarter, as Milwaukee emerged with a 108-100 victory in front of a sellout crowd here at Fiserv Forum.
"Pretty frustrating," Lowry said. "Fourth quarter killed us. ... They outplayed us in the fourth quarter. They got a little bit more aggressive. They made some big shots, made some big plays.
"It sucks when you lose like that. But we had a chance. We've got to learn from it, make an adjustment. [We have to] stay even-keeled ... not too high, not too low. Just look at the film and get better."