A Shot to Remember--With the Help of Kyle Lowry, OG Anunoby the Raptors Hero in Game Three
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Thursday, September 3, 2020
OG Anunoby’s game-winning three pointer at the buzzer was the difference on Thursday night, as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Boston Celtics 104-103 in game three, winning their first game of the series.
The Celtics now lead the Eastern Conference Semifinals 2-1.
After Boston centre Daniel Theis scored under the basket with 0.5 seconds remaining by-way of receiving a no-look pass from Kemba Walkers, the Celtics led 103-101.
A Raptors timeout forced the half-court inbound, and it was Kyle Lowry's dish to Anunoby that set the game-winner.
Lowry was the Raptors best offensive player, scoring a game-high 31 points, and carrying the load, while many of his teamates struggled from the field.
Raptors guard Kyle Lowry carried his team offensively from the get-go--11 points on 57.1% shooting in the first quarter.
After scoring a playoff career-high 20 points in game two, Anunoby recorded a double-double on Thursday night, scoring 12 points and adding 10 rebounds.
For the Celtics, it was Walker who was on his way to becoming the story of the game--a team-high 29 points, with 17 in the first quarter alone.
The Celtics played their least efficient and productive quarter in the third on Thursday night, with the credit going to the Raptors defense.
Boston shot under 30% from the field in the quarter, allowing the Raptors to make the game competitive again.
The Raptors took its first lead since the opening quarter late in the third frame, making the game 70-68.
Like game one, Pascal Siakam found himself in foul trouble early.
Along with committing three fouls in the first quarter, the Raptors forward was 6-15 from the field, and only scored two points through the first half of play.
On Thursday night, it was “The Kyle Lowry Show”--an individual performance and a game that soon won’t be forgotten, with Anunoby’s buzzer beater being one of the more memorable shots in Raptors history since Kawhi Leonard’s game seven shot against Philadelphia in 2019.
The Raptors will look to tie the series at two on Saturday, with tip-off set for just after 6:30 PM EST.