Toronto Raptors 99, Boston Celtics 90
Terrence Ross and Kyle Lowry led the Toronto Raptors’ offensive charge in Wednesday night’s game at the TD Garden in Boston, and both saved their best effort for the final two minutes.
Holding on to a three-point lead late in the game, Lowry came off a screen and knocked down a 3-pointer from the center of the court, making it 96-90 with 1:38 left. Then, as if he had to outmatch his teammate, Ross caught a swing pass and buried a three on the next Raptor possession.
Ross finished with 24, Lowry with 23, and Toronto recovered from Tuesday night’s loss by downing the Boston Celtics 99-90.
All five Toronto started scored in double figures. DeMar DeRozan had 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Boston was led by Jared Sullinger’s effort off the bench, as he scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 31 minutes. Sully went 8-of-17 shooting from the floor, and 4-of-6 shooting from three. Avery Bradley chipped in with 16 points.
Rajon Rondo had nine points and 15 assists, six of which came in the first quarter. He left the game in order to get stitches, then returned in the second half.
Jeff Green only had six points, shooting 3 for 9 from the floor.
The Raptors outrebounded the Celtics 48-36, and scored 40 points in the paint to Boston’s 28.
The Raptors built a 31-22 lead after the game’s first 12 minutes, the Celtics started hot in the second quarter to grab the lead back, but then the Toronto went on a 14-3 run in the span of 3:29 at the end of the second period and start of the third to put things away.
With the loss the Celtics have dropped seven of their last eight, and are tied for the fourth-worst record in the entire NBA.
(Photo by Jared Weiss, CLNS Radio)