Celtics Fast Start In Game One Too Much for Raptors, Win 112-94

Logan Lockhart
BarnBurner Sports Writer

@lgllockhart

Sunday, August 30, 2020


Jayson Tatum’s 21 points led the Boston Celtics to a 112-94 win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday afternoon to take a 1-0 series lead in Eastern Conference Semifinals. 

 

Tatum shot 50% from the field, while adding nine rebounds to his stat line.

 

In addition to Tatum, Celtics guard Jaylen Brown scored 21, tying his teammate for the game-high mark.

 

Three point shooting was the difference in game one, and it was evident from the get-go. 

 

Toronto went 10-40 from beyond the arc, while the Celtics shot a more efficient 43% from three-point land.

 

All five of the Celtics starters scored in double digits. 

 

Despite the Celtics 23 turnovers, the Raptors could not capitalize on the offensive side of the floor--a 36 percent field goal percentage.

 

Sunday afternoon’s game one between the Raptors and Celtics looked a lot like the teams regular season matchup during the NBA Restart--relentless defense from Boston and strong shooting.

 

The Celtics were the only team to defeat the Raptors during the conclusion of the regular season in the Orlando bubble. 

 

Over 70% of NBA teams that lead after the first quarter end up winning the game, and this proved to play in the Celtics favour on Sunday afternoon.

 

Boston started the game on a 11-3 run, prior to Nick Nurse calling his team’s first timeout.

 

The first quarter for the Raptors was the team’s most forgettable of the restart--11 fouls overall, three by Pascal Siakam and one technical by head coach Nick Nurse. 

 

Toronto was 7-21 from the field in the first quarter, as they trailed their Eastern Conference foes after one, 39-23.

 

Despite a strong start to the second quarter defensively for the Raptors, the defending NBA champions could never find their shooting stroke that was seen in round one against Brooklyn. 

 

Only one three pointers were made in the first half on 12 attempts, and a field goal percentage of over 28 percent for Toronto in game one. 

 

The largest deficit the Raptors faced was 22, coming almost halfway through the third quarter. 

 

Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry, and OG Anunoby were the only bright spots offensively for the Raptors--all shooting over 40 percent and contributing with five or more rebounds.

 

A 13-6 run for Toronto to finish the third quarter cut the Celtics lead to 15 prior to the fourth, but it was as close the second seeded team in the Eastern Conference would come. 

 

Toronto trailed Boston for the entirety of game one on Sunday afternoon. 

 

The Raptors will look to even the series in game two on Tuesday, with no scheduled time confirmed from the league as of the post-game.