The Raptors beat the Celtics with a bumblebee to cut the Boston Series lead in half

Faced with an absolute brink of precipice, the Toronto Raptors suddenly return to life.

OG Anunoby took a cross pass from Kyle Lowry and hit a triple-pointer with no time left, and the Raptors beat the Boston Celtics 104-103 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Series Thursday evening.

Toronto's Boston streak cut the lead to 2-1. The Celtics led by two points when Kimba Walker found Daniel Thees half a second before the end.

No team in NBA history has recovered from a 3-0 series deficit. Raptors won't have to try it now; Lori chose to be audible and threw the long pass - over 7 feet - 5 Tacko Fall - to Anunoby.

Lowry played the road almost entirely, finishing the match with 31 points, eight assists, and six rebounds. Fred Vanfleet scored 25 points, Pascal Siakam 16 and Anunobi 12.

Walker scored 29 points for Boston, who lost for the first time in seven playoff matches. Jaylen Brown scored 19 points, 12 rebounds, and Jason Tatum finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Celtics.

Marc Gasol made a corner kick 5:57 ago to take a four-point lead. The Celtics responded with the next eight points, up 99-95 on an inundation from Brown with 3:02 remaining.

Lowry got a pair of rehearsals, and they both drew Toronto in two. The Raptors had a chance to tie or advance in the final half-minute, and VanVleet got an acrobatic throw to drop the ball 21.5 seconds before the end and held it at 101.

The result left This Toronto in need of a miracle. Anunoby delivery.

"I trusted him," said Laurie. "We'll take this win."

Siakam summoned for his third mistake in a charge with 7:44 remaining in half; The Raptors' trainer, Nick Norse, used his only challenge to protest, but the response backed the call - a big decision against Toronto.

When Siakam took a seat in the rest of the half, Toronto were 38-37 behind. The outlook became dim very quickly without him on the ground.

The Raptors had a score of 10-19 in the 6:42nd minute that followed in the second half, and the Celtics extended the lead to 57-47 by half. Walker had 17 points in the first quarter, capping that period with a 3 - and he did it again to finish the second to give Boston what was then its biggest lead.

Lowry was zero to 5 from the game's 3-point range - and 1 to 17 in the series - before calling from the left corner midway through the third, bringing the Raptors up to 61-60. Ultimately, Toronto would lead up to four in third place, but Boston regained the lead and took an 80-76 advantage in fourth place.

TIP-INS

Raptors: Lori sat 1:31 from the first quarter. He came back late in that period and played the last 37 minutes 29 seconds. Nurse Dwane Casey tied for the postseason franchise wins shot, with a score of 21.

Celtics: Walker's first quarter points were the best in any post-season quarter. He had 14 for Charlotte in the fourth quarter against Miami on April 29, 2016 ... Robert Williams' first shot at night was blocked by Serge Ibaca with 8:19 left in the first half, which is significant because Williams was 10 years old for 10 In the chain to that point.

Rare opportunity

It's rare for a third seed team to sweep the second seed team into the top seven - and it won't happen in this series now. There have only been two such instances in NBA history - Dallas over the Los Angeles Lakers in the West 2011 semi-finals and Philadelphia topping Milwaukee in the Eastern 1985 semi-finals.

Nurse on Nash

The nurse is a friend of the new Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash and spoke to him quite late - but Nash didn't disclose that he was in the mix for the job. "He caught me by surprise, that's for sure," said the nurse. "He kept all of this to himself, close to his chest ... He'd be cool, man. He's one of the greatest guys ever." Nash's appointment was announced Thursday morning. He is the second Canadian to become a NBA Head Coach, and join Jay Triano.

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