The two best words in sports: Game 7.
The Toronto Raptors won a thrilling Game 6 to keep their season alive, defeating the Boston Celtics in double overtime behind the play of Kyle Lowry, Norman Powell and Fred VanVleet.
For more on the game, check below for updates and highlights.
Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics Game 6: Live score, updates, news, stats and highlights
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End of game: Toronto Raptors 125, Boston Celtics 122
9:45 p.m. - Wow. The Raptors hold on in double overtime to force a Game 7.
Kyle Lowry was spectacular, scoring a game-high 33 points to lead the Raptors. Norman Powell came up huge off the bench with 23 points.
The Celtics got a 23-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist triple-double out of Marcus Smart, a near triple-double out of Jayson Tatum, as well as a 31-point, 16-rebound double-double out of Jaylen Brown ... but it wasn't quite enough.
Game 7 should be a classic. Get ready.
9:43 p.m. - You think DeMar DeRozan is watching?
🗣 @Klow7!!!!!- DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) September 10, 2020
9:42 p.m. - They might play this game at Kyle Lowry's Hall of Fame induction. He drains a tough fadeaway over Kemba Walker, giving him 33 points for the game and the Raptors a 123-119 lead with 11.7 seconds remaining.
9:40 p.m. - Well, Norman Powell sure has made up for missing that 3-pointer at the end of the first overtime. He comes up with a huge steal on Jayson Tatum and turns it into a three-point play to give the Raptors some breathing room.
YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND THE GRIND pic.twitter.com/03Qh18wvFJ- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) September 10, 2020
Raptors lead 123-119 with 38.8 to go.
9:39 p.m. - This game. The Raptors and Celtics are trading baskets again, but OG Anunoby knocks down a 3-pointer on the pick-and-pop to give the Raptors a one point lead with 57.5 seconds to go.
9:36 p.m. - Kyle Lowry has been incredible. He stonewalls Jaylen Brown in the post and swipes the ball away. Norman Powell draws a shooting foul on Jaylen Brown on the other end, earning him two free throws that he knocks down. Tie game, again.
9:35 p.m. - The Raptors win the tip, only for OG Anunoby to get called for an offensive foul on a screen on Marcus Smart. The Raptors have had some costly turnovers in this second overtime.
9:33 p.m. - The challenge was ... successful. Jump ball instead of free throws. Huge opportunity for the Raptors.
9:31 p.m. - OG Anunoby is whistled for a shooting foul on Daniel Theis following an offensive rebound, but Nick Nurse is challenging it.
9:30 p.m. - Another turnover for the Raptors, this time with Fred VanVleet crossing the halfcourt line. The Celtics make them pay with another dunk.
9:29 p.m. - Daniel Theis picks up his fifth foul of the game.
9:28 p.m. - First possession of double overtime? Jaylen Brown comes up with a steal on Pascal Siakam, leading to a dunk for Jayson Tatum in transition.
9:27 p.m. - The Raptors are sticking with their small lineup. No traditional centre.
End of first overtime: Toronto Raptors 106, Boston Celtics 106
9:25 p.m. - The Raptors run an isolation for Norman Powell and ... he misses the pull-up 3. Double overtime.
9:22 p.m. - Nicely drawn up play by Celtics head coach Brad Stevens gets Jaylen Brown an alley-oop at the rim that he gets fouled on. He didn't make the layup, but he drains both free throws to tie the game up at 106.
Now it's Nick Nurse's turn to draw up something. Timeout Raptors.
9:21 p.m. - Big possession coming up. Down by two points, the Celtics call a timeout and will have the ball with 19.6 to go.
9:19 p.m. - Another big play from Norman Powell. He draws a shooting foul on Kemba Walker and drains both free throws. Raptors lead 106-104 with 1:32 to go.
9:18 p.m. - The Raptors and Celtics are trading buckets right now. Norman Powell ties the game at 104 with 2:02 to go.
PLAYOFF POWELL pic.twitter.com/zEyzFLqDQp- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) September 10, 2020
9:13 p.m. - Jayson Tatum gets called for a technical foul after elbowing OG Anunoby in the face.
Fred VanVleet drains the free throw to give the Raptors a one point lead with 4:17 to go.
9:12 p.m. - The Raptors are sticking with their small lineup of Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby.
End of fourth quarter: Toronto Raptors 98, Boston Celtics 98
9:08 p.m. - The Celtics foul OG Anunoby on a pass from Marc Gasol, but they had a foul to give, leaving Pascal Siakam with having to force a deep 3 with little-to-no time remaining on the clock that he misses.
Overtime it is.
9:07 p.m. - The Raptors will have one more chance.
The Raptors and Celtics trade misses out of the timeout, but Toronto calls a timeout with 2.2 seconds to go after securing the rebound.
9:03 p.m. - Yikes. Jayson Tatum has been incredible in this game, but he just passed to ... nobody. Raptors call a timeout.
Tied at 98, the Raptors will have the ball with 43.8 seconds left.
9:01 p.m. - Huge play. Marcus Smart comes up with a steal on Pascal Siakam and sets up Daniel Theis for a dunk.
ALL TIED UP pic.twitter.com/yt6BlYP9uo- Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 10, 2020
Tie game with 2:00 to go.
8:56 p.m. - Raptors call a timeout with 3:52 to go. They're up 98-94. Can they close this out?
8:54 p.m. - OG Anunoby's defensive versatility is shining bright right now. He's alternating between guarding Daniel Theis and Kemba Walker. There aren't many players in the league strong enough to guard a centre like Theis and quick enough to stay in front of a guard like Walker.
8:50 p.m. - KYLE. LOWRY.
🗣️ LOWRY TIME pic.twitter.com/Bqh7r025dv- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) September 10, 2020
He's now 6-for-8 from 3-point range. Raptors up by five points with 6:20 to go.
8:48 p.m. - And the Raptors regain the lead, this time off of a tough 3-pointer from Kyle Lowry.
KLOW RANGE pic.twitter.com/l0BjK2Q6mf- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) September 10, 2020
Lowry is coming up big again, leading the Raptors with 24 points on 5-for-7 shooting from 3-point range. He's giving everything he's got.
8:47 p.m. - The Raptors are going small with Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam.
8:43 p.m. - The Celtics regain the lead on a stepback 3 from Jayson Tatum. We have a one point game with 8:22 to go.
8:41 p.m. - Jaylen Brown makes back-to-back 3s, giving him 27 points for the game.
HEATING UP AGAIN pic.twitter.com/v9iFwgbTj0- Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 10, 2020
The Celtics haven't lost a game this season in which Brown has scored 25 points or more. Let's see if that trend continues.
8:38 p.m. - Wow. The third quarter sure hasn't been kind to the Celtics in this series.
Updated Celtics +/- by quarter this series:- Max Lederman (@Max_Lederman) September 10, 2020
End of third quarter: Toronto Raptors 81, Boston Celtics 77
8:35 p.m. - This one is going down to the wire.
Toronto's offence came alive in the third quarter, outscoring Boston 33-25. Fred VanVleet led the way with 12 points, but Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol came up big with a combined 12 points.
Jayson Tatum is keeping the Celtics in the game. He's flirting with a triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
PointsBet now gives the Raptors a 54.1 percent chance of winning this game.
8:33 p.m. - Another impressive chasedown block by Jayson Tatum, this time on OG Anunoby.
Jayson Tatum sprints back for the CHASEDOWN BLOCK! 🚫#NBAPlayoffs on ESPN pic.twitter.com/GsGW9zQ2AZ- NBA (@NBA) September 10, 2020
8:27 p.m. - Pascal Siakam only has eight points on 3-for-10 shooting from the field, but he's done a nice job distributing the ball. He's up to a team-high six assists.
8:20 p.m. - And now Kyle Lowry is getting in on the fun. He makes a deep 3-pointer to give the Raptors a four point lead with 5:06 to go in the third.
8:15 p.m. - After going 7-for-22 from 3-point range in the first half, the Raptors are 5-for-6 in the third quarter alone.
Fred VanVleet is a perfect 3-for-3 from the perimeter and Marc Gasol is 2-for-3.
UNO- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) September 10, 2020
8:14 p.m. - Another 3-point for Fred VanVleet! He's scored nine unanswered points.
8:12 p.m. - Huge swing. Marcus Smart gets called for a flagrant foul on Fred VanVleet for not giving him enough space to land on a 3-point attempt. VanVleet makes three free throws followed by a 3-pointer, giving the Raptors a two point lead.
8:08 p.m. - Kyle Lowry draws a charge on Jaylen Brown, marking Brown's fourth foul with 9:07 remaining in the third.
Vintage Lowry pic.twitter.com/EoWETcas89- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) September 10, 2020
Brown is staying in the game ... for now.
8:07 p.m. - It's been a struggle for Jayson Tatum in the scoring department - he has eight points on 2-for-9 shooting from the field - but he has a game-high six assists.
He's throw some beautiful passes, this one included:
Jayson Tatum play-making! 👀@Raptors 58@celtics 62- NBA (@NBA) September 10, 2020
2nd half of Game 6 on ESPN pic.twitter.com/vgD0bC0IoZ
8:06 p.m. - Another good sign for the Raptors: Fred VanVleet makes his first 3-pointer of the game. They're sticking around.
8:02 p.m. - Marc Gasol opens the second half with a bang, blocking Jayson Tatum at the rim and making his first 3-pointer of the series. One point game.
BANG pic.twitter.com/ThAtuutSzl- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) September 10, 2020
End of second quarter: Boston Celtics 52, Toronto Raptors 48
7:45 p.m. - What a response from the Raptors.
After trailing by as much as 12 points in the second quarter, the Raptors close the half on a 8-2 run to make it a two possession game.
Kyle Lowry is leading the way for the Raptors with 15 points. Serge Ibaka has also provided a big boost, coming off the bench with nine points and three blocks.
Kyle Lowry tallied 15 PTS, 2 3PT, 3 REB & 2 AST in the 1st half for the @Raptors!- NBA Canada (@NBACanada) September 9, 2020
📺: Sportsnet#WeTheNorth | #WholeNewGame pic.twitter.com/8p09YScJXt
The biggest concern for the Raptors right now? Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet haven't been able to find their rhythm. The two have a combined seven points on 3-for-16 shooting from the field. They'll need to be better in the second half for the Raptors to pull this off.
It's been the Jaylen Brown show for the Celtics. He's already up to 21 points, making for his second-highest scoring game of this series.
.@fchwpo's even pulling out the euro step 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ja9wGFul04- Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 9, 2020
Right now, PointsBet gives the Celtics a 68.3 percent chance of winning this game.
7:38 p.m. - Serge Ibaka is keeping the Raptors in this. He makes his third 3-pointer of the quarter.
CHEF BAKA COOKIN' pic.twitter.com/ijg039P0ix- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) September 9, 2020
7:32 p.m. - Serge Ibaka drains back-to-back 3s for the Raptors to make it a six point game. Much-needed for the Raptors.
100% PURE pic.twitter.com/1nOzu5XDc6- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) September 9, 2020
7:25 p.m. - Brad Wanamaker knocks down a 3-pointer to give the Celtics an 11-point lead with 7:57 to go in the second quarter, their largest lead of the game. Timeout Raptors.
7:24 p.m. - Jaylen Brown is feeling it early. He has 17 of Boston's 33 points, doing so on 7-for-13 shooting from the field.
.@fchwpo in attack mode tonight 💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/Nq6YOjCqmt- Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 9, 2020
7:20 p.m. - The Celtics are punishing the Raptors on the glass, pulling down nine offensive rebounds already. The Raptors can't afford to give that many Celtics second chance opportunities.
YESLORD 🔨 pic.twitter.com/FyAXTUqHGj- Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 9, 2020
End of first quarter: Boston Celtics 25, Toronto Raptors 21
7:16 p.m. - It's been a struggle for both teams.
Whereas the Raptors finish the first quarter shooting 7-for-23 (30.4 percent) from the field, the Celtics were an only slightly better 8-for-26 (30.8 percent). Both Pascal Siakam and Jayson Tatum are off to slow starts, with the two All-Stars combining for eight points on 2-for-13 shooting.
Even though it's only a four point game, PointsBet currently gives the Celtics a 60.7 percent chance of winning heading into the second quarter.
7:13 p.m. - Jayson Tatum comes up with a big block on Pascal Siakam in the closing seconds of the first quarter.
JT SWAT pic.twitter.com/jVH8Wq31Y1- Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 9, 2020
7:05 p.m. - Another ice cold start for the Raptors. They're up to 13 points on 4-for-15 shooting from the field and 2-for-6 from 3-point range. The Celtics aren't shooting that much better, but they have an early seven point lead.
7:03 p.m. - Well, it didn't take long for Serge Ibaka to make his presence felt. He blocks two shots on his first defensive possession, the second of which forces a jump ball.
None of that pic.twitter.com/o4h1Ab0Y84- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) September 9, 2020
7:02 p.m. - Serge Ibaka is coming in for Marc Gasol. I guess that means his ankle is feeling OK.
6:57 p.m. - An update on Serge Ibaka from Marc J. Spears of ESPN's The Undefeated:
Serge Ibaka tested his ankle during the timeout with jogging and light jumping exercises but doesn't check in.- Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) September 9, 2020
6:51 p.m. - Marcus Smart picks up his second foul of the game with 9:55 to play in the first quarter. He's staying in the game, but it's something to keep an eye on.
Smart is already making an impact in this game - he has nine points, all of which have come from the 3-point line - and the Celtics need his defence on Kyle Lowry.
SMART 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/gB3hjOkqPh- Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 9, 2020
6:49 p.m. - The Raptors aren't messing around, opening Game 6 in zone defence. They've played quite a bit of zone in this series, but I don't remember them going to it this early.
6:38 p.m. - An encouraging stat for the Raptors: Nick Nurse is 38-15 (.717) following a loss in his head coaching career, according to ESPN. That's the best winning percentage in NBA history (min. 50 games played).
5:59 p.m. - No surprises for the Celtics. Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Daniel Theis get the start.
Game 6️⃣ starters #BleedGreen pic.twitter.com/gxe30LMUz7- Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 9, 2020
5:45 p.m. - Same starting unit for the Raptors, who will go with Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol.
Tonight's @Invisalign starting lineup. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/b8YFf21yGg- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) September 9, 2020
5:10 p.m. - After suffering a sprained ankle in Game 5, Serge Ibaka is good to go for Game 6.
Good to go. pic.twitter.com/ce16r02vrz- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) September 9, 2020
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