The Boston Celtics controlled Game 1 from the opening tip, defeating the Toronto Raptors 112-94.
Led by 21 points apiece from Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart, the Celtics had six different players score in double figures to prove to be too much for the Raptors. Toronto's usual scoring leaders, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, combined for just 24 points shooting 8-for-32 from the field and 2-for-14 from beyond the arc.
Kyle Lowry looked to be at full strength, posting 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds over 35 minutes of playing time.
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Final: Boston Celtics 112, Toronto Raptors 94
Boston was able to close things out to come away with the Game 1 victory.
Jayson Tatum (21 points), Marcus Smart (21 points), Kemba Walker (18 points) and Jaylen Brown (17 points) kept the foot on the gas throughout the entire game, providing too much offence for the Raptors to handle.
Toronto shot just 36.9% from the field and 25.0% from 3-point range, struggling to get much of anything going on that end of the floor. Veteran Serge Ibaka had a strong showing off the bench with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Kyle Lowry - who was battling through an ankle injury - was solid with 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds in 35 minutes.
1-0 ☘️ #CelticsWin pic.twitter.com/jWypjFXkY3- Boston Celtics (@celtics) August 30, 2020
The Celtics open up the quarter on a 17-8 run to extend their lead to 105-81 with four minutes remaining in the game. Each team has began to empty their bench a bit, but a handful of starters remain in the game.
Serge Ibaka has been given a flagrant foul for a hit on Daniel Theis. With the two free throws, the Celtics lead is back up to 20 points at 98-78 with just under eight minutes remaining in the game.
End of third quarter: Celtics 88, Raptors 73
The Raptors won't go away - as you would expect - but they haven't been able to string together stops to keep the Celtics from scoring. OG Anunoby has been a surprising source of offence with 12 points shooting 4-for-5 from the field, but Toronto's typical offensive catalysts haven't been able to get into a rhythm.
The Celtics now have five players in double figures with backup centre Robert Williams providing valuable minutes of the bench, scoring 10 points on a perfect 5-for-5 from the field to go with five rebounds and two blocks.
Still got time. pic.twitter.com/FamuCLHvMU- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) August 30, 2020
The Raptors second-chance effort leads to an open 3-pointer for OG Anunoby to cut Boston's lead to 15. Toronto trails 84-59 with under a minute remaining, still looking for offence as Pascal Siakam (eight points) and Fred VanVleet (seven points) are struggling to score.
Lowry's touch pass leads to an OG three!- NBA Canada (@NBACanada) August 30, 2020
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Shots like this one from Jayson Tatum helps represent how difficult it's been to stop the Celtics offence today. Boston leads 82-63 with 2:24 remaining in the quarter.
This is so smooth, Jayson Tatum 😱 pic.twitter.com/KAW9BjPUcp- ESPN (@espn) August 30, 2020
The Celtics have busted this game open, leading 68-46 just over two minutes into the second half. Boston's 3-point shooting has been a huge difference maker, making 52.2% of their attempts from long range. On the flipside, the Raptors are 5-for-20 (20.0%) from beyond the arc.
OK JB pic.twitter.com/QYt7VduwOE- Boston Celtics (@celtics) August 30, 2020
Halftime: Celtics 59, Raptors 42
Kemba Walker buries a 3-pointer as the second quarter expires to boost the Celtics' lead to 17 points heading into the half. Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet combined for 12 points shooting 4-for-20 from the field, to help paint the picture of how the first half went for them.
The Celtics have four players in double figures with Walker (12 points), Jaylen Brown (11 points), Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart (10 points apiece). The Raptors have just one player, Serge Ibaka, in double figures with 12 points off the bench.
Kemba (12 PTS) lets it fly from 3-point land to beat the halftime buzzer on ESPN! #NBAPlayoffs @celtics 59@Raptors 42- NBA (@NBA) August 30, 2020
Jaylen Brown: 11 PTS, 3 AST
Marcus Smart: 10 PTS, 5 REB
Jayson Tatum: 10 PTS, 5 REB pic.twitter.com/EBZIqrNpg2
The Celtics have began to open things up again as Jayson Tatum finishes an And-1 to give Boston a 54-37 lead. The Raptors are missing a number of quality looks, lowering their field goal percentage to 28.6% for the game.
Tatum on the attack!@celtics 54@Raptors 39#NBAPlayoffs on ESPN pic.twitter.com/PQpQJetILJ- NBA (@NBA) August 30, 2020
It's been an ugly quarter for both sides as each team is struggling to score. The Raptors have missed 10 consecutive field goals and trail 48-33 with under five minutes remaining in the half.
The Raptors defence is starting to make things difficult for the Celtics - Boston has started the quarter 0-for-6 from the field with three quick turnovers. They still trail 39-30.
End of first quarter: Celtics 39, Raptors 23
The Celtics controlled the first quarter, building an early 16-point lead. Marcus Smart led the way with 10 points in a perfect quarter, going 3-for-3 from the field with two 3-pointers. While the Raptors kept Jayson Tatum quiet (two points, 1-4 FG), they had trouble containing the other players on the floor.
For Toronto, fouling was the biggest issue. Pascal Siakam already has three fouls while Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka each have two. Ibaka (eight points) and Terence Davis (five points) provided some late offence for the Raptors, but six turnovers and a 36.4 field goal percentage helps explain the deficit.
Behind a 16-2 run, Boston leads after the 1st on ESPN. #NBAPlayoffs @celtics 39@Raptors 23- NBA (@NBA) August 30, 2020
Marcus Smart: 10 PTS, 2 3PM
Jaylen Brown: 9 PTS, 2 3PM
Kemba Walker: 7 PTS, 3 AST pic.twitter.com/dznjDi9w6z
Jaylen Brown buries an And-1 3-pointer on Pascal Siakam, giving the Raptors All-Star forward his third foul in the first quarter. Head coach Nick Nurse challenged the call to try and avoid Siakam's foul trouble, but the call on the floor stands.
AND-ONE 😤 pic.twitter.com/baUyqK0Akj- Boston Celtics (@celtics) August 30, 2020
Serge Ibaka's hot streak continues, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers the moment he checks into the game. The Raptors still trail 22-11.
Serge knocks down back-to-back threes!- NBA Canada (@NBACanada) August 30, 2020
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Pascal Siakam finally gets the Raptors on the board with an And-1, but the Celtics respond with six quick points. Boston leads Toronto 11-3 as head coach Nick Nurse takes a timeout to settle his team.
The Celtics come out attacking, making their first two shots of the game to take a 5-0 lead. The Raptors are 0-for-4 from the field in the first two minutes.
The Raptors will start Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol.
Today's @Invisalign starting lineup. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/w2CQIa890a- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) August 30, 2020
The Celtics will start Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Daniel Theis.
🔜 pic.twitter.com/ir6UZ3aGdG- Boston Celtics (@celtics) August 30, 2020
As previously noted, Kyle Lowry will be available for Game 1. Now, head coach Nick Nurse is confident that there won't be a need for a minutes restriction.
As we know, Kyle Lowry (ankle) will play in today's Game 1. Nick Nurse doesn't think he'll be under any restrictions in terms of minutes or usage.- Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) August 30, 2020
The Raptors will have Patrick McCaw and Oshae Brissett on the bench today, but they will not be available to play.
The Raptors get their good-luck charm back heading into their series vs the Celtics. 3-time champion Patrick McCaw - as well as Oshae Brissett - have returned to the NBA bubble. They're both recovering from surgery and won't play, but they'll be on the bench today.- Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) August 30, 2020