The Canadian team got a fright early in the game. Still in the first quarter, the team’s great leader, Kyle Lowry, twisted his foot and hobbled into the locker room.
Despite the absence of the ace, the game was a massacre. After a good start from the New York team, the Raptors’ advantage only increased during the match, which ended in 150 to 122.
The great asset of Nick Nurse’s team, voted best NBA coach, was the reserve bench. Eight non-starting players entered during the match. Together, they scored 100 points, an incredible mark.
With the ranking, the Raptors now take the Boston Celtics in the semifinals of the Eastern Conference. The first game is on Thursday.
Norman Powell: 29 points, 5 rebounds
Serge Ibaka: 25 points, 15 rebounds
Pascal Siakam: 20 points, 10 assists
Caris LeVert: 35 points, 6 assists
Tyler Johnson: 13 points, 3 rebounds
Jarrett Allen: 8 points, 15 rebounds