On the finish of the fourth quarter of Wednesday night time’s Recreation 6, Pascal Siakam took the ultimate two pictures for the Raptors. He missed each, and the tight contest went to extra time.
On the finish of the primary extra time interval, Norman Powell missed a pull-up Three-pointer on a stagnant isolation play, and the battle continued.
Lastly, close to the conclusion of the second extra time stanza, the ball discovered its manner into the proper man’s palms. Kyle Lowry took the ball with lower than 20 seconds on the clock, backed down Celtics guard Kemba Walker contained in the Three-point line after which lofted a fadeaway jumper over Walker’s outstretched arm. Swish.
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That shot gave Toronto a four-point lead with 11.7 seconds left and supplied sufficient of a cushion for the Raptors to carry on and power a winner-take-all Recreation 7 within the second spherical towards Boston. The 125-122 victory was not solely a testomony to the Raptors’ championship mettle, but additionally a shining instance of why Lowry is the best participant in franchise historical past and a future Corridor of Famer.
In 53 minutes, Lowry scored a game-high 33 factors on 12-of-20 capturing, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists. It was a whole Lowry masterpiece: the well timed buckets, sensible passes, defensive stands on greater gamers and, sure, the theatrics.
Whereas Lowry did some heavy lifting, as is often the case with these Raptors, it was a workforce effort. OG Anunoby contributed 13 factors and 13 rebounds. Fred VanVleet put up a 21-9-7 line. Powell scored 23 factors off the bench, together with 10 within the second extra time interval. 4 of Toronto’s 5 starters logged 50 or extra minutes.
“We go on the market and play each possession prefer it’s our final and discover methods to drag out victories,” Lowry instructed reporters throughout his postgame availability.
Nonetheless, Recreation 6 was about Lowry refusing to lose.
It wasn’t that way back the Raptors had been identified for playoff failures with Lowry and DeMar DeRozan receiving the brunt of the criticism. Kawhi Leonard clearly helped change that notion, however do not forget it was Lowry who got here out in Recreation 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals and lit a fireplace beneath the eventual champs, capping off a powerful particular person run.
Now the expectation is Lowry discovering a solution to go away his imprint on the sport. Typically it is his scoring. Typically it is a hustle play. And generally it is figuring out when to let a teammate get right into a rhythm.
“Simply go and win,” Lowry instructed ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth. “It do not matter the way you get it performed, irrespective of who has to do it.”
It took the Raptors a couple of tries in Recreation 6, however they finally landed on the man who is aware of how you can get it performed.