After the first round sweeps, the Raptors and Celtics were looking to build on their momentum in Game 1 of their semi-final series on Sunday afternoon. Ultimately, however, it was Boston who got the better of Toronto on Sunday in their opener. Powered by 21 points each from Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart, the Celtics took a 112-94 victory over the Raptors to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Kemba Walker recorded his first career playoff brace with 18 points and 10 assists, and Jaylen Brown also added 17 points and five rebounds for Boston. In all, the Celtics had six players scoring in double digits, including all five starters.Kyle Lowry led the way for Toronto with 17 points, but only managed 5 of his 12 attempts from the floor, which was a worrying trend for the entire Raptors team. Boston kept Toronto 36% from the field and 25% from long range and limited All-Star Pascal Siakam to just 13 points on a 5v16 shot. It was certainly a tough start for the Raptors, but they have experience late at the start of a series. In last season’s Eastern Conference Finals, Toronto fell 2-0 to Milwaukee. He went on to win four consecutive games to secure a place in the final. Toronto will now look to regroup and bounce back for Game 2 on Tuesday night.
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