Raptors overpowering early and late in Game 1 win over Nets

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Jayson Tatum had career playoff highs of 32 points and 13 rebounds as the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 109-101 in game one of their first-round Eastern Conference series. Lowry's sons Karter and Kameron introduced his daddy saying:"By North Philly to a town, No. 7, Kyle luh-luh-luh-luh-Lowry!"

The Nets were led by Garrett Temple's 21 points.

Doncic finished with 42 points, most ever by a player in his first postseason game, and added nine assists and seven rebounds.

But if Lowry has told us once, he's told us 100 times: It's a game of runs and the run that had been all Nets turned again in the Raptors' favour before long.

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But the Nets wouldn't go away, and three-pointers by Harris and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot sliced Toronto's lead to just three points with 40 seconds to play.

"No disrespect to you or anybody else but Pascal's good and I think we've got a great team of guys who are not really anxious about the bottom line, not anxious about what the stat line looks like after the game, just about getting wins and losses", VanVleet said.

On the other hand, Nets are better in rebounding (47.9 to 45.4), while Raptors are better both in turnovers committed (14.8 to 15.2) and in assists made (25.2 to 24.6). I loved our energy, our attentitiveness and focus.

The Raptors had conquered the Nets in three to four regular-season matches, their sole reduction in Brooklyn finish their league-high 15-match winning streak. Serge Ibaka had 22 points off the bench, while Pascal Siakam added 18 points, Kyle Lowry had 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Marc Gasol finished with 13 points, OG Anunoby chipped in with 12, and Terence Davis had 11. Nick Nurse and his staff are all wearing bracelets that say "Expect to win!" and "ASO" _ short for August, September and October, a reminder of how long the eventual National Basketball Association finalists will be living and playing in the Disney bubble. The Clippers were far from flawless in the opener, which shows just how good an opponent needs to be in order to win a game against this powerhouse.

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Can the Raptors take a commanding 2-0 series lead for just the second time in franchise history? He's pretty good against everyone, but he really shines against teams like the Nets that lack length. The Nets have played well in the bubble, even without their stars, and after a rough start against a Raptors team that was as locked-in as Nurse could remember all season, responded accordingly. Lowry is the only player on either roster remaining from that memorable series. The Raptors quickly took a double digit lead and Lowry's free throws had Toronto up 37-20 up to start the second.

The Raptors backcourt, as it nearly always does, led the way for the Raptors.

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