Raptors clinch playoff spot with win over Celtics

Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (7) and guard Greivis Vasquez (21) celebrate their 105-103 victory...

Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (7) and guard Greivis Vasquez (21) celebrate their 105-103 victory against the Celtics and making the NBA playoffs in Toronto on Fridaym March 28, 2014. (Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:59 PM ET

TORONTO - The Raptors used the front door to usher their return to the playoffs on a night that was as close to post-season basketball without the stakes.

It was close, dramatic, featuring late-game heroics and good coaching, the kind of elements fans will see every night when the NBA’s second season begins in late April.

The Raptors beat the visiting Celtics 105-103 on Friday night to officially book their ticket to the playoffs for the first time in six years.

Much of the night was so unlike what the playoffs embody, but the ending was very much what the playoffs are about.


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