3-pointer by Anunoby pulls Rap­tors to 2-1

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OG Anunoby caught a cross­court in­bounds pass from Kyle

Lowry and made a three-pointer with no time re­main­ing to lift the Rap­tors to a 104-103 vic­tory Thurs­day against the Celtics in Game 3 of their Eastern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal se­ries in the NBA bub­ble in Orlando, Florida. Anunoby’s bas­ket came af­ter

Daniel Theis had given the Celtics a 103-101 lead on a dunk with a half-sec­ond left and en­abled the Rap­tors to cut their deficit in the se­ries to 2-1 in­stead of fall­ing be­hind 3-0.

Lowry led five Rap­tors in dou­ble fig­ures with 31 points. Kemba Walker scored 29 points to lead the Celtics, who lost for the first time in seven play­off games.

† Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, and the Clip­pers shot 57% from the field on their way to coast­ing past the Nuggets 120-97 in Game 1 of their West­ern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal. Nikola Jo­kic scored 15 points to lead the Nuggets, who shot just 42%.

†The Nets hired Bas­ket­ball Hall of Famer and two-time NBA most valu­able player Steve Nash,

46, as their coach and signed him to a re­ported four-year con­tract. They will in­tro­duce him in a Zoom news con­fer­ence next week. †Griz­zlies point guard Ja

Mo­rant was voted Rookie of the Year, re­ceiv­ing 99 of 100 first-place votes from a panel of sports­writers and broad­cast­ers. Pel­i­cans for­ward Zion Wil­liamson got the other first-place vote.

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The Rap­tors’ OG Anunoby launches his win­ning three-pointer over the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown on Thurs­day.

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