LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The basketball goes through the hoop or it doesn’t, and a complex game of shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding and movement is reduced to a cliché: the NBA is a make or miss league.
Through the first 10½ quarters of the Toronto-Boston Eastern Conference semifinal series, the Raptors were defined by their misses, losing the first two games and on their way to a 3-0 deficit.
But in the final 18 minutes of Game 3, the Raptors found enough scoring from Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry. And when it looked like another Celtics victory, OG Anunoby made a 3-pointer as time expired in the fourth quarter, giving the Raptors a 104-103 victory.
The shot saved their season and now the Raptors trail the Celtics 2-1 in the series. Game 4 is Saturday (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT).
OG Anuboby wins it with the 3 at the buzzer for the Raptors!! 🤯🤯
Nearly midway through the third quarter, Lowry, Siakam and Marc Gasol were a combined 0-for-11 on 3-pointers. But Lowry, Sikam and VanVleet started hitting shots, combining for Toronto’s 29 points in the third.
After shooting just 5-of-22 on 3-pointers in the first half, Toronto made 8-of-18 3s in the second half and outscored the Celtics 57-46.
VanVLeet scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half, and Siakam scored 14 of his 16 points in the final two quarters. Lowry dropped in a game-high 31 points
And Anunoby, who had 12 points, saved the day.
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