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In another tight game, the Celtics relied on the defense of Marcus Smart and the talents of Jayson Tatum to take a step closer to the title. Also, the Nuggets discounted in their series against the Clippers.

In a tight seventh game, the Boston Celtics they eliminated the Toronto Raptors, current NBA champions, on Friday and qualified for the final of the Eastern Conference, in which they will face the Miami Heat.

In the other game of the day at Disney World, the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Clippers and reduced their series deficit to 3-2

The Raptors, who managed to come back from an initial 2-0 against and force the seventh game with several dramatic victories, also resisted the young Celtics stars on Friday, forcing them to another tight final, in which this time they managed to prevail by 92 a 87.

“I take my hat off with these guys, they are the defending champions, it was very tough,” acknowledged the Celtics star, Jayson Tatum.

The All-Star forward confirmed the maturity of his game at 22 by scoring in the decisive clash 29 points, grab 12 rebounds and distribute 7 assists.

Tatum is the youngest player since Kobe Bryant to finish a seventh playoff game with at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.

This defeat leaves the Raptors unable to revalidate the amazing ring they reached last season when led by Kawhi Leonard, now the Los Angeles Clippers star.

The Celtics, on their side, remain in the elite of the East, qualifying for the third time in the conference finals in the last four seasons.

As in virtually the entire series, the final seventh game was an even battle in which the Celtics had more success in decisive actions last minute.

With 58 seconds to go, Celtics guard Marcus Smart applied a spectacular plug Norman Powell as he was about to put the tie at 89.

Later, Celtics rookie Grant Williams missed two free throws but Tatum stole the rebound from the Raptors defense, who fouled him.

“If you want to win at these levels you have to play hard and do whatever it takes,” Tatum said when asked about that rebound.

The forward made one of two free throws and, in the last chance to get back into the game, Fred VanVleet missed a very forced 3-pointer for the Raptors.

Raptors leader veteran point guard Kyle Lowry was unable to stay on track at key moments as he watched his personal sixth with 34 seconds remaining.

Lowry had a unfortunate night in shooting and was left with 16 points while VanVleet was the top scorer for the Canadians with 20 points.

For the Celtics, Jaylen Brown added 21 points and Smart another 16 units with a great defensive performance, in which he registered 3 steals and 1 block.


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