Superstar erupts in nailbiting thriller

The Boston Celtics have advanced into the Eastern Conference Finals after downing the Toronto Raptors in a thrilling Game 7 encounter.

In a game that went right down to the wire, it was the Celtics who emerged victorious 92-87 to set up a showdown with the Miami Heat.

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A back and forth battle unfolded throughout the entire 48 minutes, with Celtics guard Marcus Smart producing a monstrous block on Toronto’s Norman Powell with under a minute to play and the Celtics holding a two-point lead.

Superstar forward Jayson Tatum produced one of his best games for the entire series as he finished with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists.

The numbers saw him lead both teams in all three categories, making him only the third man in NBA history to do so in a Game 7. Joining elite company of Larry Bird and LeBron James.

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He also becomes the second-youngest player in NBA history to record a 25-10-5 stat line in a Game 7, behind only Kobe Bryant.

Tatum spoke about his relationship with the late great Bryant after the game.

“Everybody knows how much he meant to myself, how much he meant to this world, to the game of basketball,” he said.

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29 PTS | 12 REB | 7 AST | 4 3PM

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Fred VanVleet had 20 points to lead the Raptors, whose title defence came to a close after battling back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits in the series.

“We didn’t play great in this series. There is no denying that. But pretty much everything else we did this season, we were awesome,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said.

Kyle Lowry had 16 points before fouling out in the final minute. Pascal Siakam scored 13 points with 11 rebounds as the Raptors turned the ball over 18 times, including a half dozen times in the fourth quarter.

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and Heat will get underway on Tuesday.

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