OG Anunoby’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer may have done more than just give Toronto a Game 3 victory. It swung the momentum Boston seized en route to a 2-0 series victory squarely into the corner of the defending champs, who rode it to a Game 4 win, 100-93.
Despite shooting just 39.5 percent from the field, the Raptors were a plus-10 in the 3-point department as Boston connected on just 7 of its 35 attempts. The Celtics Big Three of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Kemba Walker combined for just 4-of-23 shooting from beyond the arc.
Tatum led Boston in scoring with 24, but Brown and Walker combined for just 29, including a 2-of-11 outside shooting night for the former.
Five Raptors scored in double figures, led by Pascal Siakam’s 23. Kyle Lowry followed close behind with 22 in 44 minutes, the third straight game with 40-plus minutes for the 34-year-old.
Boston led sparingly in this one towards the end of the first half and for bits early in the third quarter before Toronto eventually built a 32-24 edge in the frame.
The Celtics had their chances late, but turnovers, particularly Tatum’s offensive foul with under a minute remaining down five, sealed their fate.
In what is now a best-of-three series with Game 5 set for Monday night, Boston has to figure out how to gain back what the Raptors have snatched out from under them.