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Milwaukee Bucks 125-103 Toronto Raptors: Giannis Antetokounmpo shines with 30 points and 17 rebounds to give his side 2-0 lead in Eastern Conference finals Milwaukee Bucks are two games from victory in series against Toronto Raptors They comprehensively dominated game two and never gave up the lead   MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo put in brilliant all-round display   Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points for Toronto in losing effort on Friday

By Associated Press Reporter

Published: 07:38 BST, 18 May 2019 | Updated: 07:38 BST, 18 May 2019

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Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 17 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks never trailed on the way to beating the Toronto Raptors 125-103 on Friday night.

They took a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals as Antetokounmpo scored 11 points in the fourth and the Bucks ended up with six players in double figures - three of them reserves. Nikola Mirotic scored 15, Malcolm Brogdon had 14, George Hill 13 and Khris Middleton 12.

Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points for Toronto, who gave up the game's first nine points, never led and trailed by double digits for the final 39 minutes. Kyle Lowry scored 15 and Norman Powell had 14 for the Raptors. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo (top right) scored 30 points in a comfortable victory

Giannis Antetokounmpo (top right) scored 30 points in a comfortable victory

The No 34 shone for the Milwaukee Bucks who moved two games away from the series win

The No 34 shone for the Milwaukee Bucks who moved two games away from the series win

Milwaukee, who led the NBA with a 60-22 record during the regular season, became the 16th team to start a playoff run with at least 10 victories in its first 11 games. Only three teams - the 1989 Los Angeles Lakers, the 2001 Lakers and the 2017 Golden State Warriors - started a postseason 11-0.

The Bucks led by as many as 28, before Toronto did just enough chipping away to keep some semblance of hope.

Eventually, Antetokounmpo decided enough was enough. With 5:51 left to play he backed Leonard down on the block, spun back toward the centre of the lane, scored while getting hit and starting a three-point play.

He yelled to the crowd and punched the air. The knockout blow was landed, and soon, the Bucks moved

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