Just like that, it is a whole new series. With the Toronto Raptors 100-93 defeat of the Boston Celtics the series is now all tied up at 2-2.

Balanced Attack


Toronto had their offensive weapons on display last night with 4 Raptors scoring over 15 points. The All-Stars led the charge. Pascal Siakam, despite being ice cold (2/13) from three, finished with 23 points on 44% shooting from the field and 11 rebounds in the contest. Kyle Lowry was right there with him. “North Philly’s Finest” poured in 22 points, and 11 rebounds of his own, supplementing the double-double with 7 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

It wasn not just the performance of the All-stars that pushed the Raptors to victory. Fred VanVleet provided his own 17 point, 6 rebound, 6 assist performance with 5 made threes. Serge Ibaka had an efficient night off the bench. His 18 points came on 77.8% (7/9) shooting. He battled on the inside for 7 boards of his own.

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The Raptors were able to put a stop to three different Celtics players in this match. Kemba Walker was held to just 9 shots in the contest, unable to get much going. Marcus Smart reverted to the mean offensively with only 8 points in the game. Jaylen Brown was the real story however. The young wing was held to only 14 points on 4/18 (22%) shooting. The Celtics were shooting bricks from deep, going 7/35 from distance. The 93 point performance is the Celtics’ lowest scoring game against the Raptors all season.

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The Raptors will try to secure their first lead of the playoff series on Monday, September 7 at 6:30PM/EST. It looks like it just took half a second for the momentum to shift in this series and Toronto is looking to take advantage of that. A 3-2 lead would be huge for either side, and the Raptors seem hungry for it.