DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and the Toronto Raptors squandered a 25 point lead late in the third quarter before holding on for a 92-89 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks to take their first round playoff series in six games.
Cory Joseph had five points in a 9-0 run in the final two minutes, including a three-pointer with 1:27 left, to help stave off the pesky Bucks.
The Raptors move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals in a series that starts Tuesday. They'll need to work on finishing off opponents in the second half.
Jason Terry's three with 3:06 left gave the Bucks an 80-78 lead, completing an unlikely comeback from the 25 point deficit with 5:16 left in the third quarter. The Raptors looked as if they were on cruise control after DeMarre Carroll's three gave them the 71-46 advantage.
Giannis Antetokounmpo spearheaded the second-half rally for Milwaukee. He had 34 points.
But the Bucks finished one comeback short.
The furious effort appeared to sap the energy of the young Bucks. Even Antetokounmpo, a renowned gym rat, looked tired with his hands on hips as he caught his breath during fourth quarter breaks. He played 47 minutes.
Antetokounmpo finished 13 of 23 from the field but was two of six in the fourth.
The Raptors could finally breathe easy after DeRozan went two of two from the foul line with 3.1 seconds to play for a three-point lead. Tony Snell's inbounds pass on the ensuing possession was intercepted by DeRozan.
Rebounding from 2-1 series deficit and an embarrassing 27 point loss in Game 3, the Raptors will face Cleveland a year after losing to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals in six games.
Kyle Lowry added 13 points for Toronto.