Officials missed a key call late in the fourth quarter of the Toronto Raptors' 125-122 double-overtime win over the Boston Celtics, according to the NBA's last-two-minute report. At the time of his departure, he was the two-time Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.
It is not clear about whether or not the 2020 Coach of the Year candidate stood so close to the sidelines on goal to puzzle Tatum but what he did sure worked, helping the Raptors gain possession of the ball with less than 1 minute remaining in the ball game.
The Boston Celtics will be putting every ounce of effort they own into getting past Toronto in this huge Game 7.
Friday's victor will meet the Miami Heat in the conference finals.
It was more than simply the 23 points he poured in off the bench. Fred VanVleet added 21 points in Toronto's most balanced attack of the series. "Whatever they did in Game 5, obviously putting [Marcus] Smart on him, having [Daniel] Theis there to help, there needs to be a refocused effort there in terms of just not letting Lowry get hot", said Forsberg.
Anunoby connected from three, then Powell had a steal and a running layup to give Toronto four points of breathing room with 38.8 seconds left. On the bright side, Marcus Smart notched a triple-double while Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 60 points and 30 rebounds.
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Since arriving at Goodison Park , the 24-year-old has played 29 times in all competitions, scoring two goals, with a solitary assist.
However, instead of Walker being granted a pair of would-be go-ahead free throws, Anunoby recovered the miss, allowing the Raptors to call a timeout.
It would be hard to argue that any player in the league emphasizes the ability to be tough as well as Lowry- he's once again leading the playoffs with seven charging fouls drawn.
The Raptors have been forced to play catch-up since falling to defeat in the first two games of the series, and have seen two of their three wins in the series come by the narrowest of margins.
A big reason for Nurse going small is that Ibaka and Gasol have struggled to defend pick-and-rolls involving Walker in this series. I'm trying to not put it all on that, I think there's so much more game to play, right?
"It's not so much the point total, it's just the way he impacts everything".
Boston stretched their lead to 12 in the second, but Ibaka connected on three consecutive three-pointers to pull the Raptors back to within five.