Final Score: Toronto 114, Boston 90
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - DeMar DeRozan totaled a game-high 24 points as
Toronto whipped playoff-bound Boston, 114-90, in the season finale for both
teams at Air Canada Centre.
Rudy Gay added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors (34-48), who will
miss out on the postseason for the fifth straight season. Jonas Valanciunas
had 18 points and seven boards, while Alan Anderson added 16 points for the
"We're making the right steps in the building process," Raptors head coach
Dwane Casey said.
Jordan Crawford poured in 16 points, six rebounds and five assists for the
Celtics (41-40), who will begin the postseason as the seventh seed in
the East and will take on the New York Knicks on Saturday. Terrence
Williams totaled 12 points, with Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley
contributing 11 points, respectively.
"We were working on things we need to get better at," Bradley said.
Boston took the floor missing both Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry, sitting by
With little to play for, the Raptors nonetheless kept up the pressure in the
second half and built on a 10-point advantage.
Valanciunas' slam pushed the Toronto lead to 72-51 early in the third quarter,
and DeRozan's trey made it 78-56 roughly three minutes later. It was a 96-70
spread heading to the fourth.
Anderson's two free throws and a triple pushed Toronto into double digits at
103-74 with 8 1/2 minutes left, and that effectively sealed the outcome.
Toronto led by as many as seven in the opening quarter, but was only ahead
31-30 after 12 minutes thanks to 12 points from Gay -- including three makes
from beyond the arc.
A 12-2 run through the middle portion of the second quarter turned a one-point
Boston lead into a nine-point Raptors bulge, 48-39, on two from the line from
Landry Fields' runner boosted the hosts to a 59-45 edge, which stood at 59-49
at the break.
Toronto sat Linas Kleiza, Sebastian Telfair and Mickael Pietrus ... Despite
the loss, the Celtics took three of four from the Raptors this season and have
won 16 of the last 20 meetings since the start of the 2008-09 season ... The
Raptors finished the season 21-20 at home -- their first winning record at ACC
since 2009-10 -- while the Celtics ended up 14-27 on the road.
04/18 02:42:15 ET
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