It took 58 minutes and 247 points, but the NBA’s defending champions refuse to give up the crown easily.

The Toronto Raptors forced a Game 7 on Wednesday night in a thrilling 125-122 double overtime victory over the Boston Celtics, with a spot in the Eastern Conference finals now on the line Friday night. Eight players played over 50 or more minutes in Game 6, the most in a playoff game in NBA history. The Raptors and Celtics combined for 35 points in the second overtime, tied for the third-most in an overtime period in NBA postseason history.

The league’s stars went to Twitter to react to what many deemed an “instant classic” inside the bubble.

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Kyle Lowry pads the Raptors’ late lead against the Celtics in double overtime.

Kyle Lowry, played 53 minutes while putting up 33 points and 8 rebounds in the win. However, his last two points were memorable, nailing a clutch jumper over Kemba Walker to essentially secure the game. Lowry, who now has three 30-point games when facing elimination, passed Vince Carter for most in franchise history. His NBA peers heaped praise on the 6-time All-Star following his performance.

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, also chimed in to support the Raptors.

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