Mike Budenholzer has a firm belief that his Milwaukee Bucks can overcome any challenge thrown their way, and their come-from-behind Game 1 victory over the Toronto Raptors is proof of that.
Trailing by as much as 13 points at one point in the game, the Bucks came roaring in the fourth quarter to turn around their fortune. They outscored the Raptors 32-17 in the payoff period, paving the way for their 108-100 victory.
The Bucks managed to protect their homecourt and took a 1-0 series lead in their Eastern Conference Finals showdown.
Sure enough, Budenholzer has nothing but praise for his team. While he pointed out that they can still play better, the 49-year-old tactician credited his players for showing the depth and character of the Bucks.
“They just stick with it.”
Mike Budenholzer speaks on the Bucks after they trailed the Raptors for most of Game 1 in the #NBAPlayoffs. pic.twitter.com/1eBeXteUL8
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Brook Lopez led the way for the Bucks, finishing with a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds. The sweet-shooting big man also had four blocks in the contest.
Meanwhile, Giannis Antetokounmpo produced solid numbers, albeit not up to par from his usual standard. The Greek Freak put up 24 points, 14 boards and six assists while shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from deep and 75.0 percent from the charity stripe.
Milwaukee also received quality minutes off the bench from Malcolm Brogdon, who put up 15 points, three rebounds and three assists.
Budenholzer’s side has only lost once in the 2019 playoffs so far, and they have undoubtedly proven that they are more than just a one-man team as many make them to be. Now, they will look to take a 2-0 lead when they play the Raptors in Game 2 on Friday.
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