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The 7-foot center shook his head in disgust as Toronto raced out to a 34-23 first-quarter lead Wednesday night. The Raptors, hoping to steal home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference finals, kept their momentum rolling and controlled the game through three quarters.
But Game 1 turned on the Bucks’ strong fourth-quarter comeback, with Lopez hitting key shots to seal the come-from-behind 108-100 win.
“We just don’t quit as a unit,” Lopez said. “We keep hounding, keep hounding, keep hounding and grinding, and then we finally got there. There’s no quit in our team. I don’t think it’s really in our DNA at all.”
All told, Lopez scored 13 of his career-playoff-high 29 points in the fourth quarter. He finished with 11 rebounds, two assists and four blocks. Lopez hadn’t scored at least 29 points in a game since March 2018 and hadn’t grabbed at least 11 rebounds since October 2017.
Down the stretch, Lopez