3. The Toronto Raptors extending the semi-finals to seven – Game 6 versus the Boston Celtics
This is the first of two playoff games on this list. It is also a game that is important to the Raptors season. If they lost this game, they would have been eliminated from the bubble and go home. Not only they won the game, but they also played a really great and entertaining game that saved their season.
So far in this series, Boston won games one and two. Toronto won games three and four, but Boston won game five.
The Celtics entered the game leading the Eastern Conference semifinals 3-2. They only need one game to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. And Boston played like they were ending the series right there because the Raptors were trailing by double-digit points in the first half.
Toronto was playing terribly hence why Boston was leading the game by double digits. However, their offense finally played better in the third quarter.
The changed for the Raptors when Marc Gasol blocked Jayson Tatum and then shot a couple of three-pointers which was his first three-point shots in this series.
Fred VanVleet then scored nine straight points in the third quarter which gave the Raptors their first lead since the 1-0 to start the game. Toronto led as many as eight points before ending the third quarter with an 81-77 lead.
But Boston got their lead back after Tatum made a three with 8:22 left in the fourth. Lowry responded with two long-range shots that got the lead back to five for Toronto.
During the final 4:24 of regulation, the Raptors did not score and that gave Celtics’ center Daniel Theis a layup and a dunk to tie the game at 98-98. With two minutes to go, the Raptors’ defense held strong.
And Anunoby grabbed a huge defensive rebound with 2.6 seconds left. That gave Siakam a chance to take the game-winning shot, but he missed the shot at the buzzer and the game went to overtime.
Norman Powell gave Toronto a three-pointer and two free throws during the first overtime. but he missed a three at the buzzer which causes the game to go to double overtime the second with the score tied 106-106.
During double overtime, both Tatum and Daniel Theis dunk the basket in two separate plays which had Boston up four. But Lowry quickly got to the basket to cut the lead to two.
Then, Lowry stole the ball which ended up in Powell’s hands who was looking to shoot the ball but was fouled. He did make his free throws which tied the game up with 2:33 left to play.
Anunoby shot a three that put the Raptors in a comfortable spot. After that, Powell stole the ball and made a layup to give them four points.
Tatum tried to get the Celtics back in the game after he scored a point. But Lowry secured the victory with a fadeaway thus keeping the Raptors alive for at least one more game.
Lowry finished the game with 33 points, eight rebounds, and six assists in 53 minutes while Tatum had 29 points, 14 rebounds, and nine assists.