The Toronto Raptors couldn’t score a bucket to save their lives early in the game vs. the Milwaukee Bucks.
Both teams combined for just 25 points in the first quarter before the Bucks pulled away with a double-digit lead late in the game.
In fact, the Bucks had a 99.9% chance of winning after going up by 11 with just 36 seconds left.
The Bucks had a 99.9 percent chance of winning with 36 seconds left in the game.
The Raptors took it to OT 😳 pic.twitter.com/QeYh3GMFgC
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Then, a couple of threes and a four-point play due to a flagrant foul that helped Nick Nurse’s team force an unlikely overtime.
Unfortunately, they weren’t able to finish the job there, but coach Nurse was still proud of the way they fought after one of the weirdest games he had ever seen:
“Yeah, I don’t think I’ve seen one that weird,” Nurse said. “Really haven’t. So right up there. Right up there. Right up there with the weirdness of the whole game. I don’t really know what to say as far as the offense goes and not being able to put the ball in and not look close a lot doing it on some shots. But I do know what to say about the defense.
“The defense kept on plugging and plugging and plugging all the way like– you guys probably thinking the same thing that how were we anywhere within shouting distance for the first three quarters of that game with the shooting percentages? So they really did a good job fighting on defense,” the coach added.
It’s been a tough year overall for the Raptors, who are most likely to be sellers than buyers at the trade deadline.