The Toronto Raptors hosted the Boston Celtics in what many believe could be a preview of this year's Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night and walked away with a 113-101 win.
Catch up with all the highlights from the first of four meetings between the two teams below.
Boxscore | Play-by-play
End of game 113-101 Raptors
When the Raptors needed it most they got a 10-0 run in crunch time to put the game away. Kawhi Leonard led the way with a game-high 31 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Lowry was terrific down the stretch defensively taking two key charges on Jayson Tatum and Serge Ibaka rewarded Nick Nurse for putting him into the starting lineup by posting 21 points, six rebounds and a block.
Kyrie Irving led the way for the Celtics with 21 points, six assists in the loss.
End of Third Quarter 82-79 Raptors
Kawhi Leonard had 15 points in the third quarter as the Raptors erased a four-point halftime deficit and turned it into a three-point lead heading into the fourth. Leonard leads all scorers with 24 points, eight rebounds in 27 minutes. After struggling from the land beyond in the first quarter the Raptors have gone 7-for-14 since. Boston has been a force on the offensive glass with 13.
And again Kawhi...this time from Lowry.
Kyle Lowry sets up Kawhi on the cut! #WeTheNorth #KiaTipOff18 on @ESPNNBA pic.twitter.com/BLgCb2nDrT- NBA (@NBA) October 20, 2018
Kawhi takes it himself! #WeTheNorth- NBA (@NBA) October 20, 2018
10 PTS in the 3rd for the @Raptors forward.#KiaTipOff18 @ESPNNBA pic.twitter.com/4kQNXt59i2
Kawhi is not fooling around in the third.
Kawhi Leonard drives to his left for the dunk!#WeTheNorth #KiaTipOff18- NBA (@NBA) October 20, 2018
WATCH on @ESPNNBA pic.twitter.com/edGhH4F8XA
End of Second Quarter 53-49 Celtics
Toronto had six turnovers in the first quarter, only one in the second as they battled back eventually taking the lead in the second quarter - but Jaylen Brown knocked down two momentum-shifting threes that helped give Boston back the lead heading into halftime. Serge Ibaka continued his strong play from the first period heading into the locker room with a game-high 13 points in 16 minutes. Jayson Tatum and Kyrie Irving lead the way for the Celtics at the half with nine points each.
Jayson Tatum avoiding the contact for the finish.
Marcus Smart hits ahead to Jayson Tatum! #CUsRise #KiaTipOff18 on @ESPNNBA pic.twitter.com/fjHYZBlzVM- NBA (@NBA) October 20, 2018
Kawhi with the pull-up three in transistion.
Pull up, skrr pic.twitter.com/G6lvQXDfYG- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 20, 2018
End of First Quarter 25-18 Celtics
Celtics take a seven point lead into the quarter break. Both teams struggling from the three point line - Raptors: 3-for-13 Celtics: 3-for-10. Despite picking up two quick fouls Al Horford stayed in the game and finish the quarter with a team-high six points, three rebounds and two assists in 9 minutes. Serge Ibaka got the start over Jonas Valanciunas and delivered six points in nine minutes of play.
💥 BIG AL 💥 pic.twitter.com/U8PwKGPZLm- Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 20, 2018
KLow7 with the deep trey ball.
Kyle Lowry from WAY OUTSIDE! 👀#WeTheNorth #KiaTipOff18- NBA (@NBA) October 20, 2018
📺: @ESPNNBA pic.twitter.com/kGTyvqoOwg
Al Horford gets the party started with a triple. Friendly rims for the vistors.
Al Horford gets the roll to start play in Toronto!#CUsRise x #WeTheNorth- NBA (@NBA) October 20, 2018
📺: @ESPNNBA pic.twitter.com/HswPscnTxx
"Same starters as other night except Ibaka for Valanciunas"- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 19, 2018
- Coach Nurse pic.twitter.com/scfx0p9Sra
Raptors' will insert Serge Ibaka into the starting unit with Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, Danny Green and Pascal Siakim.
Hear from @fchwpo on the challenges of facing one of the best two-way players in Kawhi Leonard tonight. Plus see how he's paying homage to his best friend, Trevin Steede. pic.twitter.com/2QugoiVwGr- Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 19, 2018
Celtics' starting five will be Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Al Hordford, Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown. Brown caught up with Celtics.com pregame.