Raptors beats Brooklyn Nets, first playoff series with Celtics


For the first time in franchise history, the Toronto Raptors swept a playoff series. Now, also for the first time in franchise history, the Raptors are gearing up for a series against the Boston Celtics.

Both teams finished off sweeps on Sunday, with Boston defeating Philadelphia and the Raptors taking down the Brooklyn Nets. But the Raptors also did so in record-breaking fashion.

With Kyle Lowry playing only nine minutes because of an injured left foot and starting guard Fred VanVleet dealing with foul trouble, the Raptors’ benched pushed through with an NBA-record 100 points to lead Toronto to a 150-122 victory.

According to Elias Sports Bureau research, the 100 bench points are the most by any team in a regular-season or playoff game since starters were tracked beginning in the 1970-71 season. The Raptors’ 150 points also marked the most they had ever scored in a playoff game.

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But setting new records wasn’t what mattered to Toronto postgame. It was all about the victory itself.

“It’s cool, I guess. My main focus is winning,” said Raptors guard Norman Powell, who led the team with 29 points off the bench. “Don’t matter how we do it, by 30 or a point. I just care about winning. It’s a cool little record to have. But I’m not going to harp on it or think about it. On to the next one.”



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