Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)
Kyle Lowry led the Raptors in the first quarter, dropping 10 points on the #1 seed in the East. The Raptors had a little difficulty in guarding the Boston Guards, but they played excellent defense on their front court. DeMar DeRozan had a rare performance in the quarter, not scoring a single point in the period. Toronto led 22-18.
Free VanVleet and Delon Wright went off during the 2nd quarter. Fred scored 11 points while Delon added on 9. With 8:28 left in the half, Pascal Siakam had a huge block on Semi Ojeleye, spiking the ball out of bounds. Two minutes later, Wright threw an alley-oop to Siakam, who hammered the ball in for a thunderous dunk. The Raptors were ahead 58-37 heading into halftime.
The All-Star backcourt of DeRozan and Lowry combined for 15 points coming out of halftime, absolutely dominating the Celtics' defense. The only thing Boston had going for them was Kyrie Irving, who had 7 points. The Raptors out-rebounded the Celtics 13-12 in the period. Toronto had a lead of 23 points heading into the final quarter, the score set at 83-60.
C.J. Miles went berserk on offense, dropping 15 points in the quarter. 12 of his points came off of three-pointers, while the other 3 came from free throws as he was fouled on a three-point attempt. With 10:57 on the clock, Jakob Poeltl denied Boston's Abdel Nader's dunk attempt, which pumped up the entire arena. The "Bench Mob" for Toronto forced 4 turnovers, which helped seal their victory. The Raptors defeated the Celtics 111-91 in a statement victory over the #1 team in the east.
Kyle Lowry: 23pts, 8 rebounds, 4 assists
C.J. Miles: 20pts, 5/7 3PM
DeMar DeRozan: 15pts, 3 rebounds, 6 assists
Delon Wright: 14pts, 3 assists, 3 steals
Fred VanVleet: 10pts, 8 assists, +/- 17
Pascal Siakam: 6pts, 2 assists
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