Raptors Force Game 7 With Double OT Win, Clippers In Firm Control


Heavyweight title match. That’s what came to mind on Wednesday night as the Toronto Raptors slugged it out with the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semis series. The two teams just kept going back and forth, throwing as hard of a shot as they had. And that took them all the way to double overtime, where the Raptors eventually had just enough to put them away. The defending champions won 125-122 in an absolute thriller, with Kyle Lowry knocking down a ridiculously clutch fadeaway jumper late in the going to seal it up. But it wasn’t all about him, despite his 33 points.

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Norman Powell also had a massive showing down the stretch, scoring some critical buckets, including an ‘and-one’ off a steal at the other end. Jaylen Brown had 33 for the Celtics in the loss that forces them into a Game 7 in a series in which they had initially led 2-0 and nearly were up 3-0. It’s just hard to put the defending champs away, and now the Celtics must attempt to do so in a pivotal final game. In the other series contested on the day, that does not seem like much of a possibility. The Los Angeles Clippers took Game 4 over the Denver Nuggets by a score of 96-85 to go up 3-1 in the series. It was an ugly game, as the score suggests, but Kawhi Leonard still managed to find a way past them by scoring 30 points (on less than .500 shooting from the field) and a near triple-double. Nikola Jokic had 26 in the loss that leaves Denver reeling, though that is nothing new for them in the playoffs this season…

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