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NBA Game Summary - Boston at Toronto



(Wednesday, April 7th)

Final Score: Boston 115, Toronto 104

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Rajon Rondo scored 21 points, dished out seven assists, and pulled down five rebounds, as the Boston Celtics took down the playoff-hopeful Toronto Raptors, 115-104.

Paul Pierce added 20 points for the Celtics, who had lost four of five coming in. Boston is now tied with Atlanta for third in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks lost to the Pistons on Wednesday.

Kevin Garnett donated 19 points, while Ray Allen chipped in 18 points for the victors.

Sonny Weems finished with a career-high 21 points in place of an injured Chris Bosh for the Raptors, who have lost three in a row and are now just a half- game ahead of idle Chicago for eighth in the East.

Andrea Bargnani, Antoine Wright, and Jarrett Jack each had 17 points for Toronto, which got 14 points from DeMar DeRozan. Forward Hedo Turkoglu had two points before leaving late in the first quarter after bumping heads with Boston's Tony Allen. Turkoglu sustained a nasal contusion and was taken to the hospital for a CT scan.

"I thought (our guys) played their asses off," Raptors head coach Jay Triano said. "I thought they played as hard as they could. I commended them for their effort after the game; they really battled."

The Celtics led 30-25 after the first quarter, but the Raptors used a surge in the second to take a 54-52 edge into the locker room.

Boston started the third on an 8-2 spurt to go in front. Pierce's pair of free throws made it 60-56. The remainder of the period was a tight battle that ended with Boston taking an 82-76 margin into the final frame.

Ahead 86-80 with less than 10 minutes to play in the fourth, the Celtics went on a 12-5 run to create some breathing room. Ray Allen scored the first six points of the burst, which Michael Finley capped with a pair of three-pointers to make it a 98-85 game with under seven minutes to go.

The Raptors never got closer than six the rest of the way.

"Watching the game in the fourth I was sitting on the bench and he came in the game and gave us a real spark," Pierce said of Finley. "The bench was huge for us tonight when the game was in a battle with a six-point lead. They stretched the lead out, Michael Finley hit some big threes and that was big for us, especially on a back-to-back."

Game Notes

Boston won all four meetings with the Raptors this year...The Celtics have won eight straight, 12 of 13 and 21 of the last 27 matchups between the teams...All-Star forward Bosh had successful surgery on Wednesday to repair a displaced nasal fracture. There was no timetable given for his possible return.

04/08 00:09:11 ET


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