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The series now sits at 2-1 in Boston’s favour with Game 4 on Saturday.
With the seconds ticking down in a tie game, it was Kemba Walker dribbling around the Raptors and then finding Daniel Theis alone under the basket to give the Celtics a two-point edge that appeared to seal the Raptors fate.
Walker left the Raptors just 0.5 seconds on the clock and nothing short of perfection from first Lowry and then Anunoby was going to change that.
Much like Game 2, the Raptors began the night struggling to hit a shot.
Outside of Lowry, who looked from the very beginning like he was going to will this one to a Raptor victory by himself and an offensively rejuvenated Marc Gasol whose offensive impact was directly tied to Lowry who was on the feeding end of most of Gasol’s scores, offence elsewhere was very limited to start the night.
Pascal Siakam continued to struggle. Fred VanVleet was struggling to find the range again.
And the Celtics, while not humming themselves offensively were doing enough to keep the Raptors in a trailing position.
Walker, who was quiet for three quarters of Game 2 before heating up in the fourth, came out red-hot from the get-go in this one on his way to a Celtics-best 29 points.
The only player on the floor to outscore him was, of course, Lowry who had 31.
The Raptors were down by five at the end of a quarter and after getting a 10-point deficit down to five again, ended the half miserably as Walker nailed a three to send the Celtics to the locker room up 10.