Defending champions Toronto Raptors suffered a big defeat in Game 5 of their NBA Playoffs against Boston Celtics who blew them away to reclaim the lead in the series, going up 3-2.

With the way Raptors fought back after trailing 2-0 to level the series at 2-2, it was expected that Game 5 would have been much closer. Rather, Celtics brought the same vigour they played the first two games with, running out victorious with a 111-89 win.

Celtics were so good on the night that they had as many as six players who accounted for double digits in the game, an all-round impressive shooting to easily see off Raptors.

The task was enormous for Raptors when they struggled to find the bucket in the 1st quarter, trailing by as much as 14pts in that quarter, and then going into half-time with a 27pt deficit. Although they took the 3rd quarter 28-25, it was a steep mountain for Raptors to claw their back from.

OG Anunoby played very well in the 1st quarter when Raptors found it difficult to make baskets, ending up with 7pts in the game. Although he may not have been his team’s top scorer, his defensive shift was very good, making 7rebs, 2 steals and a block.

 

Cameroon’s Pascal Siakam made 10pts, 4rebs and 2ast, while Congolese-Spanish player, Serge Ibaka made 7pts, 4rebs and 2 blocks. Semi Ojeleye was on the court for 7mins: 02s for the Celtics, and he had a rebound to his name in the minutes he played.

Raptors will somehow try to find a win in their next game on Wednesday if they are to level the series and force a deciding game 7. Judging by how well Celtics played Game 5, Raptors will have to be at their absolute best to beat them.

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Very proficient in writing and talking about football, but has now found a new love in Athletics. Just a matter of time before I become a master on things pertaining to the tracks. Formerly the Content Manager-Sports at NigerianBulletin and Allsports, Christopher is now a Senior Sports writer at Making of Champions.

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