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Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics Game 5: Live score, updates, news, stats and highlights

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With a wire-to-wire Game 5 victory, the Boston Celtics have regained control of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series with the Toronto Raptors.

Boston was led by 27 points from Jaylen Brown, who bounced back in a major way after a rough outing in Game 4. Kemba Walker added 21 points and dished out seven assists on the night.

The Raptors, who were held to just 11 points in the first quarter, shot just 38.8% from the field in the game. They were led by 18 points and five assists from Fred VanVleet while Norman Powell chipped in with 16 points off the bench.

If you missed any of the action, check below for how it all went down.

Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics Game 5

Final: Boston Celtics 111, Toronto Raptors 89

9:00 p.m. - The Celtics have pushed the Raptors to the brink of elimination.

After losing two straight, Boston has taken a 3-2 lead with a 22-point win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Now, the Celtics are just one win away from the Eastern Conference Finals.

How will Toronto respond?

8:54 p.m. - With 3:28 remaining, the Celtics lead 105-82.

After losing two straight, it appears Boston will be pushing Toronto to the brink of elimination.

Timeout on the floor.

8:45 p.m. - Nick Nurse is whistled for a T after persisting with his words to the ref.

Kemba Walker sinks the technical free throw to put Boston back up by 20.

In an interesting move, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has yet to pull his starters with under seven minutes remaining.

8:40 p.m. - Five minutes into the fourth and the Raptors haven't quit but the Celtics remain in command.

Boston leads 92-73 with 6:52 remaining in the game.

Timeout on the floor.

End of Third Quarter: Boston Celtics 87, Toronto Raptors 63

8:28 p.m. - Three quarters are in the books and Boston is in control.

The Celtics take a 24-point lead into the final frame.

Jaylen Brown leads all scorers with 21 points and is one of six Celtics in double figures, as Kemba Walker isn't too far behind with 17 points.

The Raptors, who are now shooting 25-for-64 (39.1%) from the field, are lead by Fred VanVleet's 16 points (on 6-for-13 shooting).

8:16 p.m. - The Celtics have responded.

Withstanding a mini-run from Toronto, Boston is still in command.

The C's are up 77-49 with 4:37 left in the frame.

Timeout on the floor.

8:08 p.m. - There really is no quit in this Raptors team.

They've come out of the half with aggression, scoring 10 quick points, six of which have come from Pascal Siakam.

Timeout on the floor as Boston leads 67-45 with 8:05 left in the third.

8:03 p.m. - The Raptors get the second half started with a Pascal Siakam mid-range jumper.

They'll need much more of that in order to get back in this one but there's still a lot of time left.

Halftime: Boston Celtics 62, Toronto Raptors 35

7:50 p.m. - Halftime stats:

7:45 p.m. - Kemba Walker beats the buzzer with a floater to put the Celtics ahead by 27 to cap a dominant first half.

Boston's defence has held Toronto to 13-for-43 (30.2%) shooting and forced seven turnovers.

On the offensive end, the Celtics are shooting 22-for-40 (55%) from the field and Jaylen Brown (16 points), Jayson Tatum (12 points), Marcus Smart (10 points) and Brad Wanamaker (10 points) are each in double figures.

Walker has eight points on 4-for-8 shooting.

The Raptors are led by Kyle Lowry, OG Anunoby and Serge Ibaka, who have each scored seven points apiece.

7:34 p.m. - A cutting dunk and transition triple from Marcus Smart make it a 16-2 run for the Celtics, who now lead 53-27 with 3:02 left in the half.

Smart is up to 10 points (on 4-for-6 shooting) for the night and is the third Celtic in double figures, joining Jaylen Brown and Jayston Tatum, who both have 12 points apiece.

The struggles continue for the Raptors, who are shooting 10-for-37 (27%) from the field.

It's an all-out dominant defensive effort from Boston so far.

7:26 p.m. - The Celtics continue to ride their defence to maintain command of the game.

We've past the midway point of the second quarter and Boston leads 41-25.

Timeout on the floor.

Jaylen Brown has bounced back from a rough game in a major way, leading all scorers with 12 points (on 4-for-8 shooting).

The Raptors, who are shooting 10-for-33 (30.3%) in the game, are led by Serge Ibaka and OG Anunoby, who have each scored seven points apiece.

7:18 p.m. - Just two minutes into the second frame, Fred VanVleet has picked up his third foul.

It appears he might be plagued by foul trouble throughout this one.

Jayson Tatum, who drew the foul, stepped to the line to hit all three free throws and put the C's up 33-16.

End of First Quarter: Boston Celtics 25, Toronto Raptors 11

7:14 p.m. - Brad Stevens must be pleased with what he's seen so far from the Celtics while the Raptors have a lot of work to do.

Toronto was limited to just 4-for-20 (20%) shooting in the first quarter, with OG Anunoby scoring seven of the team's 11 points.

The 11-point mark ties a franchise playoff low for points scored in any quarter.

Boston shot a much better 9-for-20 (45%) from the field and was led by seven points from Jaylen Brown, who stole the show with his first quarter highlight.

There's plenty of basketball left to be played but the gap is big already.

7:05 p.m. - Boston's defence has been next level thus far.

Toronto is shooting just 3-for-16 (18.8%) from the field, has committed four turnovers and trails by 11 points early on.

Celtics lead 18-7 with 2:58 remaining in the first.

Timeout on the floor.

7:03 p.m. - Jaylen Brown just went up top to finish with authority.

Just filthy.

6:53 p.m. - First break in the action.

Timeout on the floor and the Celtics lead by six as we approach the midway point of the first frame.

Boston leads 11-5 with 6:20 on the clock.

It's yet another cold start for the Raptors, who are shooting 2-for-12 from the field so far. OG Anunoby has scored all five of the team's points early.

For the Celtics, Jaylen Brown leads the way with five points while Jayson Tatum has yet to attempt a shot.

6:50 p.m. - Early foul trouble.

Fred VanVleet has picked up his second foul of the night less than four minutes into the game.

It'll be something to keep an eye on.

6:46 p.m. - A welcome sight for Boston Celtics fans.

After a rough showing in Game 4, Jaylen Brown hits a 3 to get Boston on the board first.

Game on.


6:10 p.m. - Same five for the Celtics, who will start Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Daniel Theis.

6:00 p.m. - The usuals get the nod for the Raptors.

Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol will start.

5:00 p.m. - Some high praise from the Boston Celtics head coach:

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