Raptors fend off Celtics in double-OT thriller to require Video game 7
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.– Toronto coach Nick Nurse’s bicycle flights around the Disney school continue for at least two more days. Same for Boston coach Brad Stevens’ day-to-day walks.
All due to the fact that OG Anunoby’s 3-pointer with 57.5 seconds left, Norman Powell’s three-point play with 38.8 seconds remaining and Kyle Lowry’s jump shot with 11.7 seconds moved the Raptors to a 125-122 double-overtime success over the Celtics in Game 6 on Wednesday.
Both teams traded huge shots down the stretch in the 2nd OT. Boston’s Jayson Tatum cut Toronto’s result in 123-122 with 3-pointer. Powell’s 2 free tosses accounted for the last rating, and Boston’s last-second 3-point heave by Marcus Smart hit the rim however didn’t enter.
Toronto depended on its veteran poise and the management of Lowry to extend their season. Lowry had a team-high 33 points, consisting of 15 in the first half and 9 in the 4th quarter.
Game 7 is Friday, and the winner will play the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals.
The Raptors are trying to advance to the conference finals for the 2nd successive season, and the Celtics are attempting to get there for the third time in 4 seasons.
If you value playoff basketball in all its rugged, well-coached but offensively challenged, visually appealing labor, then this series– and Game 7– is for you.
Both teams make the offense work for points with intense defense. Not much comes simple for either group on the offensive side of the floor.
But the defending-champion Raptors had simply enough offense, specifically in the second half when the 3-point shooting percentage for both teams increased.
Toronto’s Fred VanVleet had 21 points, nine rebounds and 7 helps, Anunoby had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Pascal Siakam fought through offensive struggles to contribute 12 points, 8 rebounds, six helps and 2 steals.
Powell had 23 points, and Serge Ibaka had 13 off the bench.
Brown scored a team-high 31 points for Boston, taking a career-high 30 shots. Jayson Tatum scored 29 points and Smart added 23, however the Celtics got just five points from All-Star Kemba Walker, who shot simply 2-for-11 from the field.