In a game of hard nerves, the Celtics defeated the Raptors 92-87 and advanced to the Eastern Finals, where they will face the Miami Heat in a series that will start on Tuesday (15/9).
The Raptors tried to reverse the situation at the end of the match, but the Celtics, with a “weapon” in their defense, managed to take the match, with last year’s champions on the other hand saying goodbye to the playoffs and being dethroned.
With Tatum leading the way, scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds, the Celtics reached 4-3 in a row. Brown followed with 21 points and Smart with 16 points.
For the Raptors, VanWitt scored 20 points, while Lowry remained at 16 points and Ibaka scored 14 points.
Extension… life for the Nuggets, who prevailed 105-111 over the Clippers and reduced to 3-2 the series of Western semifinals.
The Los Angeles team did not manage to get the victory and the qualification, with Denver making a super upset in the final, although they found themselves losing even with a double-digit difference, with Murray and Jokic making the difference.
Jamal Murray had 26 points (8/25 shots), 8 rebounds and 7 assists, Nikola Jokic added 22 points (9/17 shots), 14 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks, while Paul Millsap had 17 points for winners.
From the LA team, Kauai Leonard had 36 points (12/24 shots), 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, with Paul George following with 26 points (8/18 shots), 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 plugs.