VanVleet Breaks out of Slump, Raptors Tie East Final

TORONTO – Rockford native Fred VanVleet snapped out of a playoff shooting slump to help the Toronto Raptors turn the Eastern Conference Final into a best-of-three series.

VanVleet, who had shot below 20% from the field in his previous ten playoff games combined, put together a 5-for-6 effort from the floor in Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks, as well as a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range. He finished with 13 points and 6 assists, as well as a +25 rating in the Raptors’ 120-102 victory.

Kyle Lowry lead the Raptors with 25 points, and the team got double-digit contributions from Kawhi Leonard (19 points), Marc Gasol (17 points), Norman Powell (18 points) and Serge Ibaka (17 points).

Giannis Antetokounmpo had a 25-point, 10-rebound double-double for Milwaukee, with Khris Middleton leading all scorers with 30 points.

Game 5 of the East Final is Thursday night in Milwaukee, tipping off at 7:30pm. Game 6 sends the series back to Toronto on Saturday at 7:30pm. If a Game 7 is needed, that will be on Memorial Day Monday at 7:30pm in Milwaukee.

Dan Cohen

Dan Cohen

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