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2020-09-12
Boston Celtics
Toronto Raptors
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Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics Prediction & Preview


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#717 Boston
Celtics -2.5
 
#718 Toronto
Raptors 2.5

Friday, September 11, 2020 at 9:00pm

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Toronto kept its season alive in a dramatic double-overtime game six on Wednesday night against Boston. The Raptors picked up a 125-122 win, covering the spread as three-point underdogs and sending this series to game seven on Friday night. 

Celtics couldn't find a way to close series

Boston led at almost every stage of Wednesday night’s loss. The Celtics led at halftime, led by three in the first overtime and led by four in the second extra period. However, they could never put away a pesky Toronto team and now they will have to do so in game seven. Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 31 points and 16 rebounds. The team had their starters on the floor for the final 22 minutes of action without a single sub. Brown shot 11 of 30 from the floor and just 4 of 13 from beyond the arc. Forward Jayson Tatum scored 29 points in 51 minutes, shooting a much more efficient 9 of 21 from the field.

 

Marcus Smart added 23 points on 7 of 15 shooting. He made 6 of 11 from beyond the arc, which led the team. Point guard Kemba Walker had his worst offensive output of the postseason, scoring five points on 2 of 11 shooting. He did record four rebounds and seven assists, but scoring five points in 52 minutes is certainly a letdown performance. Center Daniel Theis was extremely efficient, scoring 18 points on 9 of 11 shooting. He grabbed seven rebounds and dished out two assists. 

Raptors stay alive

Toronto continues to keep its hopes of a second consecutive championship alive. The Raptors were down early in the game, trailed in the fourth quarter and both overtime periods, but they found a way to win. It was the first time that a team has gone multiple overtimes to stave off elimination in a best-of-seven series since 2009. OG Anunoby, who was the hero in game three, hit a 3-pointer with just under a minute to play in double overtime to put his team ahead for good. Guard Kyle Lowry led the team with 33 points in 53 minutes for Toronto. He shot 12 of 20 from the floor, including 6 of 10 from beyond the arc.

 

Lowry played the entire second half, which is the third time he has done so in the last four games. Shooting guard Norman Powell added 23 points on 6 of 11 shooting. He made 3 of 6 from beyond the arc and hit 8 of 9 from the charity stripe. Guard Fred VanVleet scored 21 points, despite only making 3 of 13 from deep. He will be looking for a better shooting performance on Friday night. Pascal Siakam struggled as well, scoring 12 points on a 5 of 19 clip from the floor. The Raptors offense came through when it needed to, though, making 6 of 7 attempts from the field in the second overtime.



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