OG Anunoby's winning basket beat the final buzzer as the Toronto Raptors ended the Boston Celtics' winning playoffs run with a 104-103 win on Thursday.
Anunoby's three-pointer came off an inbound pass from Kyle Lowry with 0.5 seconds remaining, ending the Celtics' seven-game winning streak in the playoffs.
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The defending champions narrowed the lead to 2-1 in their Eastern Conference semi-final series, with Lowry leading all scorers with 31 points.
Fred VanVleet added 25 and Anunoby had 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors bounced back from opening defeats in the best-of-seven series.
Fans went wild over the insane shot with just 0.5 seconds left.
ANUNOBY FOR THE WIN WITH .5 SECONDS LEFT 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/M6IdnSv5yd— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 4, 2020
for 23 minutes and 59.5 seconds of the second half OG Anunoby hadn't taken a shot. Then that happened. What a finish!— Ernie Johnson (@TurnerSportsEJ) September 4, 2020
OG Anunoby says the buzzer-beater felt good when it left his hands— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) September 4, 2020
also: “It was cool.”
also: “Someone hit me in the nose (celebrating), so I was mad about that, but it’s cool.”
Kemba Walker had 29 points and Jaylen Brown scored 19 with 12 rebounds for the Celtics.
Boston appeared headed for a 3-0 series lead after Daniel Theis slammed home an emphatic dunk for a 103-101 edge with a half-second to go.
The Raptors called timeout and Lowry fired the inbound over Tacko Fall to Anunoby, who was wide open on the far side of the court.
Anunoby connected on his shot to complete the comeback win.
The Raptors' largest lead of the fourth was 95-91 with 5:57 remaining before an 8-0 Celtics run that set up the finish.