NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Boston
(Friday, November 27th)
Final Score: Boston 116, Toronto 103
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Ray Allen went 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, on his way to 20 points, as the Boston Celtics used a strong third quarter to defeat the Toronto Raptors, 116-103, at TD Garden.
Paul Pierce added 18 points and seven assists for the Celtics, who have won three in a row and four of five overall. Kendrick Perkins tallied 18 points and five rebounds for Boston, which outscored Toronto, 33-17, in the third period.
Rasheed Wallace ended with 15 points off the bench. Rajon Rondo chipped in 12 points and 11 assists while Kevin Garnett had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Celtics, who improved to 7-3 at home this season.
"You know, I thought we let our guard down a little bit there in that one stretch in the fourth quarter. But I thought the starters in the third quarter set the tone. It's a great response and way to come out. You know, what we're trying to show them is when you got stops, then we would score a lot and we did that," said Boston head coach Doc Rivers.
Chris Bosh paced the Raptors with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Hedo Turkoglu made 4-of-5 three-pointers on his way to 20 points for Toronto, which has dropped two consecutive games and six of its last eight. Jarrett Jack added 18 points off the bench for the Raptors, who shot 55.7 percent from the field despite the loss.
Trailing 61-57 early in the third, Boston took control with an impressive 25-4 run that covered a majority of the frame. Pierce tallied eight points during the burst that Marquis Daniels capped with a deuce for an 82-65 margin with 1:23 left. The Celtics took an 87-72 advantage into the fourth.
Pierce started the final period with an emphatic one-handed slam over Bosh. Tempers started to flare a bit after the slam and Pierce received a technical foul.
"I think [Paul] Pierce made a great play. I just don't think when a guy gets hurt, that you stand over him and taunt him. So that's why I was upset and that's why the rest of the team was upset and I like the way that we fought back after that. I just don't think that's very sportsmanlike. Great play but I don't think you need to stand there and taunt afterwards," said Toronto head coach Jay Triano.
A Jack deuce got the Raptors within nine, 94-85, with 8:41 to play. But that was as close as Toronto got the rest of the way.
Down 25-24 late in the first quarter, the Celtics closed the period with a 9-2 spurt. Rondo's driving layup in the final seconds gave Boston a 33-27 lead.
A Bosh jumper and Marco Belinelli trey deadlocked the tilt at 46 midway through the second stanza. The remainder of the half was close and Toronto held a 55-54 margin at the break.
"In the third quarter, I thought we got a good start. We scored the first couple of baskets and then [we were] startled a little bit offensively. And Hedo [Turkoglu] picks up foul 4, had to sit him down and our offensive kind of stalled," said Triano.
Garnett went 6-of-6 from the field for the Celtics, which shot a sizzling 62.3 percent from the floor...The Raptors had 25 turnovers, leading to 24 points for the Celtics...Boston won all four meetings with Toronto a season ago and is 12-2 in the last 14 matchups at home in this series....The Raptors welcome Phoenix to town on Sunday, while the Celtics play at Miami on Sunday.
11/28 00:19:22 ET