Raptors’ Kyle Lowry, Nick Nurse address heated moment at end of epic Game 6 win
Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry was less than pleased with Nick Nurse’s decision to call a timeout with less than one second remaining in the second overtime frame of Wednesday’s Game 6 victory over the Boston Celtics.
With the game going to two overtimes, the players were getting a bit chippy, and it was clear that exhaustion was becoming a factor. Still, the Raptors managed to stave off elimination yet again with a 125-122 win. As a result, the series is now tied at three games apiece.
The incident between Lowry and Nurse occurred near the Raptors’ bench with 0.5 seconds remaining on the game clock. Toronto was leading by three, and Kyle was looking for a quick inbound to end the game.
Nurse had other plans, however. Instead of simply throwing the ball in, he wanted to draw up a secure inbounds play. Lowry was visibly upset with the decision, but it seems all is well between the two in the end.
A look at the incident between Lowry and Nurse:
Asked about it after the game, Lowry said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about, next question.”
Nurse stood just outside the makeshift interview room, which doubles as a Zoom conference room for reporters not inside the bubble. Nurse laughed and said, “It’s because I’m standing right here.”
It was a funny moment. The Raptors won, and Nurse understands Lowry’s competitiveness.
Lowry led the Raptors in Game 6, notching 33 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the field (6-of-10 from beyond the arc), eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in a whopping 53 minutes of action. His acrobatic jumper over Kemba Walker with roughly 11 seconds remaining in the second overtime frame ended up being the deciding factor:
KYLE LOWRY. ICE COLD 🥶 pic.twitter.com/7t8LGoYWOI
— ESPN (@espn) September 10, 2020
Game 7 between the Raptors and Celtics is set to tip at 9:00 p.m. ET on Friday, with TNT having live broadcast coverage.