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Celtics Beat Raptors in Crushing Fashion, Take 3-2 Series Lead

The Toronto Raptors are on the brink of defeat in round two of the NBA Playoffs. The Boston Celtics took down the defending champs 111-89 in a game where they led wire-to-wire.

After a poor shooting night, Jaylen Brown bounced back with 27 points on 10-for-18 shooting, while connecting on three of seven three-point attempts. Kemba Walker, who questioned his lack of aggressiveness in game four came out hunting his shot, finishing with 21 points, four rebounds, and seven assists.

For the Raptors, it was a complete struggle to score for the whole night. At one point, the Raptors had three players tied for the leading scorer of the team. Each of those players had seven points. Kyle Lowry has played extremely well for Toronto in the two victories, and he came out lacking some energy. He finished with 10 points in 34 minutes of action.

Pascal Siakam seemed to have a breakthrough performance in game four, but took just two shots in the first half, and in the second he came out strong. He ultimately finished with 10 points due to getting his fifth foul in the third quarter.

The biggest lead was 30, and the Celtics never looked back after a 25-11 first quarter in their favour. The Celtics also pounded the paint in this game, scoring 48 baskets inside.

With the victory, Boston is one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals, their first since 2017-18. Game six will be on Wednesday.

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