NBA playoffs tracker: Boston blitzes Toronto 112-94 to open Eastern Conference semifinals


    The NBA resumed its playoff schedule in the bubble Saturday after a three-day player strike to protest police brutality in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Games continue today at the league’s campus at Walt Disney World in Florida. Action from the playoffs will be updated here throughout the day.

    Six Celtics players got into double figures as Boston opened its Eastern Conference semifinal series against Toronto with an easy 112-94 win.

    Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 21 points as Boston’s defense held the Raptors to just 37 percent shooting from the field.

    Fred VanVleet had an especially poor day shooting. He averaged nearly 18 points per game on 41 percent shooting in the regular season but was just 3-of-16 on Sunday and had 11 points.

    After leading 39-23 at the end of the first quarter, Boston led by 10 or more points for the final 32 minutes of the game after Tatum hit a three to put the Celtics up 42-30 with 8:04 to go in the second.

    Every time Toronto showed a spark in the second half and offered a shred of hope to Raptors fans that a comeback could be possible, Boston quickly extended its lead and extinguished all comeback possibilities thanks to an impressive shooting effort from three-point range.

    The Celtics were 17-of-39 from deep while Toronto struggled mightily. The Raptors were just 10-of-40 on threes as VanVleet was just 2-of-11 behind the arc.




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