IN BRIEF: The Celtics earned a statement win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of their second round NBA playoff series inside the Orlando bubble.
The C's jumped out to a 39-23 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. The 3-point shot was a huge weapon for the Celtics, who hit 17 of 39 attempts. The Raptors made just 10 of their 40 3-point attempts.
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All five starters plus reserve center Robert Williams scored in double figures for the Celtics. Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart led Boston with 21 points apiece, while Kyle Lowry paced Toronto with 17 points. Boston's defense also was fantastic, tallying eight steals, four blocks and limiting Toronto to just seven fast break points.
The Raptors are 11-2 in the bubble, and both losses have come against the Celtics.
SERIES: 1-0 Celtics
Daniel Theis with a strong drive to the basket, plus the foul.
Robert Williams rolls to the basket for an easy dunk.
A four-point play for Jaylen Brown!
Robert Williams scores on a put-back dunk.
This reaction from Raptors coach Nick Nurse summed up Toronto's first quarter. Boston led 39-23 after 12 minutes.
Hey how's it goin' Nick pic.twitter.com/4QG2pP8DGI— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) August 30, 2020
A smooth drive for the basket and the foul by Jayson Tatum.
Jayson Tatum throws it down in transition.
Kemba Walker hits a 3-pointer at the buzzer to close the first half.
CARDIAC KEMBA AT THE BUZZER ☘️👌🏾 pic.twitter.com/04mlGuWTwp— Boston Celtics (@celtics) August 30, 2020
Good luck defending this 3-point attempt.
You know it's going well for the Celtics when Robert Williams throws down a windmill dunk.
Jayson Tatum increases Boston's lead to 15 at the end of the third quarter.
Daniel Theis rejects Kyle Lowry at the rim.
A late and-1 for Jaylen Brown.
The Celtics and Raptors will resume their series Tuesday in Game 2. The start time has not yet been announced.
Celtics vs. Raptors highlights: C's 3-point shooting, defense key in Game 1 win originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston