Kawhi Leonard scored 15 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter as the Toronto Raptors beat Milwaukee 105-99 and are one win away from advancing to the NBA finals for the first time in franchise history.
The Raptors started Thursday's pivotal game five slowly and trailed 49-46 at the half, then kept it tight with the top-seeded Bucks before seizing command late in the fourth quarter to take a 3-2 series lead.
Leonard, who was favouring a sore left leg in game four, played 40 minutes Thursday after playing 52 minutes in Sunday's double-overtime win by the Raptors.
A win at home Saturday would set up a finals match with two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.
"We weathered a storm early and we are just excited to get the win tonight," Leonard said.
Leonard reached the 30-point mark for the 11th time in the playoffs, drained five three-pointers, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out nine assists.
It was the first time this season the Bucks have lost three straight games and it puts them on the brink of elimination from the postseason.
Fred VanVleet came off the bench to score 21 points, Pascal Siakam finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds and Kyle Lowry tallied 17 points for the Raptors who became the first team to win on the road in the best-of-seven series. VanVleet nailed seven baskets from beyond the arc.
Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered 24 points, Eric Bledsoe scored 20 and Malcolm Brogdon finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks. Earlier in the day Antetokounmpo was named a unanimous first team All-NBA player.