After playing three of their starters 40-plus minutes and fighting for their playoff survival, the Toronto Raptors were staring a 3-0 deficit to the Boston Celtics in the face and were down to their final second. Make that a half second.
Kemba Walker, who finished the game with 29 points, nearly iced the game for the Celtics with an assist when he found a cutting Daniel Theis for the go-ahead dunk, leaving just 0.5 seconds on the clock and giving Boston a 103-101 lead.
Head coach Nick Nurse put the ball into his All-Star point guard’s hands, as Kyle Lowry had the daunting task of finding someone open with the 7-5 Tacko Fall guarding the inbounds play.
Somehow, Lowry found OG Anunoby open in the corner, and the Raptors forward hit the franchise’s first buzzer-beater since Kawhi Leonard hit a memorable series-clinching buzzer-beater to eliminate the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2019 playoffs.
The league’s stars took to Twitter to react to Anunoby’s thrilling game-winner and the Raptors 104-103 win over the Celtics.
CJ McCollum noted how the Oklahoma City Thunder squandered a similar situation on Wednesday night in their Game 7 loss to the Houston Rockets.
Who was the happiest person in the bubble outside of Anunoby? That would be Kyle Lowry.
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