The Boston Celtics picked up their recent dominance of the Toronto Raptors right where they left off, scoring a convincing 112-94 win in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Sunday.
Marcus Smart led the way offensively during the Celtics’ early barrage. The C’s jumped to a 39-23 lead after one quarter, thanks in large part to Smart scoring 10 of his 21 points, in addition to nine for Jaylen Brown and eight for Kemba Walker. Boston shot 9-for-14 from the field as a team in the first quarter.
Shooting efficiency on the Celtics’ side, and a lack of it on the Raptors’, became a dominant theme in the game. The Celtics shot 47 percent as a team, and 43.6 percent from three-point range. Compare that to Toronto’s 36.9 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent from downtown. The Raptors’ Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, their two leading shot-takers, went a combined 8-for-32 (25 percent) from the floor for 24 combined points.
Tatum finished with 21 points, tying Smart for the team-high. He scored eight points in the second quarter alone to keep the Celtics’ lead in double-digits.
Celtics starting center Daniel Theis was a major factor on the glass and the main reason Boston out-rebounded the Raptors 50-40 in the game. Theis pulled down 15 total rebounds, while Toronto centers Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka had 15 rebounds combined.
Up Next: Game 2 between the Celtics and Raptors takes place Tuesday. We’re still waiting on confirmation for a start time. You can be sure to hear the call of the game right here on 98.5 The Sports Hub.