NBA Game Summary - Boston at Toronto|
(Wednesday, October 30th)
Final Score: Toronto 93, Boston 87
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Rudy Gay had 19 points and eight rebounds,
Kyle Lowry added 11 points and eight assists and the Toronto Raptors spoiled
Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens' NBA debut with a 93-87 win on Wednesday
Boston's Jeff Green led all scorers with 25 points in the loss.
The Celtics trimmed a 12-point halftime deficit with a 23-8 run to tie the
game 71-71 heading into the fourth quarter. The back-and-forth affair
continued for much of the final frame until Amir Johnson hit a 3-pointer with
the shot clock expiring to put the Raptors up by four with just over six
minutes to play and they never trailed after that.
"It wasn't what we drew up, but we'll take it," Toronto head coach Dwane Casey
said of Johnson's 3-pointer. "He's been working on that shot, he shoots them
every day in practice."
Toronto's Tyler Hansbrough and Jonas Valanciunas both recorded double digits
in rebounds with 12 and 11, respectively.
Boston, playing its first game without 15-year veteran Paul Pierce, relied
heavily on the efforts of veterans Jeff Green and Brandon Bass down the
They were also without forward Kevin Garnett and sharp-shooter Jason Terry,
who both accompanied Pierce to Brooklyn in a draft-night trade for Gerald
Wallace, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph and three
Stevens made his NBA regular-season debut after six seasons as coach of the
Butler Bulldogs. He signed a six-year, $22 million deal in the summer after
the Celtics let Doc Rivers go to the Los Angeles Clippers for an unprotected
first-round draft pick.
"I walk out of here, certainly disappointed because you're in a close game and
you have a chance, but I walk out of here with some positives to build on,"
Stevens said of his debut.
Celtics rookie center Vitor Faverani helped Boston jump out to a 26-21 lead
after one quarter with nine points in his NBA debut. The Brazilian finished
with 13 points and three rebounds in 26 minutes of play.
Toronto outscored Boston 28-11 in the second quarter to take a comfortable
lead into halftime.
With the Celtics down by five in the closing seconds of the third, Jordan
Crawford hit a 3-pointer. Gay then committed an offensive foul on the other
end and Bass had a put-back dunk off a Crawford missed layup as time expired.
Gay hit a couple of jumpers late in the fourth after the Johnson 3-pointer to
seal it for Toronto, which snapped a three-game losing streak in home openers.
Bass finished with 17 points, going 6-of-7 from the field and a perfect 5-of-5
from the free-throw line.
Celtics guard Rajon Rondo did not play due to his rehab from a torn ACL he
suffered last season ... Boston rookie Kelly Olynyk made his NBA debut in his
hometown of Toronto ... Johnson became the 10th player in franchise history to
appear in 300 games with Raptors.
10/31 00:26:03 ET