On Wednesday night, Brad Stevens coached his first meaningful game since leaving Butler to become the Boston Celtics head coach this offseason. The Celtics came racing out to an early 11-6 lead in the game’s first minutes, behind solid play from rookie center Vitor Faverani.
Unfortunately, the last few minutes of the game weren’t the same as the first few.
The Toronto Raptors outscored the Celtics by 6 points in the final 7:41 second half of the fourth quarter, spoiling Stevens’ first game in the NBA as Boston fell by the final score of 93-87.
The Celtics were outrebounded 48-33, including a margin of 19-7 on the offensive glass.
Jeff Green led the way for the C’s, scoring 25 points of 8-16 from the field. He also added five rebounds.
Brandon Bass, 17, and Vitor Faveranni, 13, were the only other players in double figures for Boston. Faverani had 11 first half points, but only two in the second.
Kris Humphries led the way with seven boards.
For Toronto, spreading out the wealth and capitalizing on Celtics mistakes was key. Four of Toronto’s five starters reached double figures.
Rudy Gay led the way with 19, Amir Johnson and DeMar DeRozan each had 13, and Kyle Lowry had 11. Jonas Valanciunas, the only other starter, had eight points and 11 rebounds.
The Celtics shot a dismal 12 percent in the second quarter.
Stevens and the Celtics will look for their first victory of the year on Friday, when the take on the Milwaukee Bucks in their home opener.