Celtics Eliminate Raptors, Win Game 7, 92-87
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Friday, September 11, 2020
The NBA will crown a new champion for the 2019-2020 season.
Jayson Tatum’s 29 points led the Boston Celtics to a 92-87 victory over the Toronto Raptors and a game seven win, in the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Friday night.
Tatum added 12 rebounds and seven assists in the series-clinching game.
For the Raptors, the constant turnovers were the story.
Toronto turnovered over the ball 18 times, preventing possession time, and as a result, limiting their offensive output.
Boston scored 31 points off of Toronto’s turnovers--the difference in the game, and thus, the series.
The Raptors fell to 3-3 in game sevens throughout its franchise history.
Prior to the start of Friday night’s affair, the Raptors have won three consecutive game 7’s dating back to the 2016 NBA playoffs.
Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, and Tatum all scored over 10 ten points before the half for the Celtics.
Boston went on a 13-0 run halfway through the first quarter, which was immediately countered by a 15-2 Toronto run, as the first quarter ended with the Raptors holding onto a one-point advantage.
The Celtics shot poor from beyond the arc in the first half-- a 23.8 three-point shooting percentage.
The first half of game seven signaled the first time in the series both the Raptors looked comfortable on offense and the Celtics looked uncomfortable controlling the ball.
Toronto did not make a three-point shot in the second quarter and failed to score one until there was one minute remaining in the third.
Celtics guard Kemba Walker struggled from the field, as he was unable to have a big impact on his team offensively through the first three quarters.
Walker finished the game with 14 points, shooting 5-16 from the field.
The Celtics point guard was part of a busy offseason in the NBA last summer, as he was signed to a mega-deal by Boston, as they watched Kyrie Irving leave for Brooklyn.
With the win, the Celtics advance to the Eastern Conference Finals and will play the Miami Heat.
The Heat have not reached the Conference Finals since 2014, when LeBron James was still a member of the team.
It will be the third time in the last four years that the Celtics have reached the Conference Finals.