NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Boston
(Friday, January 12th)
Final Score: Toronto 95, Boston 86
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Chris Bosh poured in 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds, as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Boston Celtics, 95-86.
T.J. Ford added 19 points and dished out six assists for the Raptors, who have won two straight. Anthony Parker added 18 points, five boards and five assists while Jose Calderon chipped in 11 points off the bench.
"We didn't turn the ball over and we got shots and got to the line," said Toronto head coach Sam Mitchell. "It was a tough game for us. They had a lot of guys injured but we did what we needed to do to get a win on the road."
Rajon Rondo netted a career-high 23 points for the Celtics, who have lost three straight and 10 of their last 12 games. Sebastian Telfair finished with 14 points in the loss.
"I just got a little confidence going after the other game," said Rondo. "I knew that there was going to be some room in the lane for me to attack the big guys and I wanted to take advantage of that."
Holding a one-point edge at halftime, Toronto outscored Boston 26-18 in the third frame to take a 67-58 lead into the fourth. Bosh was a force in the third quarter and contributed 10 points.
"Shots weren't falling but at halftime, we looked everyone in the eye and settled down and got into a rhythm," Bosh said. "We got more confident in the third quarter."
The Raptors opened the final frame with an 8-0 run to go up 75-58. Andrea Bargnani and Parker drilled back-to-back three-pointers during the surge and Calderon added two shots from the charity stripe.
Toronto continued to cruise and a jumper by Calderon made it 80-63 with about seven minutes to play.
Boston was only able to cut the deficit to eight points down the stretch.
Leading by six points after the opening quarter, the Raptors were outscored 25-20 in the second stanza, but still went into halftime with a 41-40 edge.
Ford led Toronto at halftime with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field.
Telfair was Boston's leading scorer after two quarters with nine points. The Celtics also committed 13 turnovers in the first half.
Bargnani finished with 10 points for the Raptors...Boston dressed only nine players...Toronto shot 45 percent from the field and were 5-of-11 from beyond the arc...The Celtics finished with 21 turnovers.
01/12 23:21:28 ET