The Celtics defeated the Raptors in Game 1, 112-96, behind 21 points each from Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart. Kemba Walker added 18, as Daniel Theis and Robert Williams won the center battle against Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka.
Toronto opened the second quarter with a 10-0 run that proved to be its only significant dig into an 18-point deficit. Ibaka scored four straight points, before solid bench rotations from Semi Ojeleye defensively and Brad Wanamaker buried Toronto. Kyle Lowry shot 5-for-12, while Pascal Siakam struggled through three first quarter fouls and defensive pressure.
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Daniel Theis, Robert Williams dominate center matchup in Celtics Raptors
The Celtics sat Enes Kanter and received 23 points and 20 rebounds between Daniel Theis and Robert Williams III. Marc Gasol struggled, while Serge Ibaka hit Williams hard from the three-point line before faltering later and picking up a flagrant foul against Theis.
Game 1 Post Game Show
Press Conferences — Boston Celtics
Brad Stevens: “We were fortunate to make a few more shots than them ... we made timely baskets like Tatum’s steal at the end of the third and Kemba’s three.”
Marcus Smart: “Last series for me, wasn’t my best shooting performance of these playoffs ... things change, you adapt, different game plans and I got a great look off the first one and was feeling good the rest of the night.”
Jayson Tatum: “The world has seen how powerful we are as a collective.”