Opinion: Raptors coach Nick Nurse's fears about the Bucks come to fruition in Game 1 loss


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MILWAUKEE — The Toronto Raptors squandered an opportunity.

They led for most of the game, Kyle Lowry scored 30 points and made a playoff career-high seven 3-pointers, and through three quarters, the Milwaukee Bucks were abysmal from 3-point range.

The Raptors had a prime chance to grab a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals and steal home-court advantage. Instead, Toronto dropped the opener 108-100 on Wednesday.

“Obviously, it was a missed opportunity,” Raptors reserve guard Fred VanVleet said. “We’re not running from that. But flush it. You can’t sulk on it. You can’t sit on it and think about it tonight. We’ll look at the film, practice tomorrow and move on. We felt like we had a chance, and we didn’t execute enough to go out there and get it done. Move on and try to get Game 2.”

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