NBA Game Summary - Boston at Toronto
(Sunday, November 4th)
Final Score: Boston 98, Toronto 95 (OT)
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Ray Allen scored a game-high 33 points and hit a winning three-pointer with 2.6 seconds remaining in overtime as the Boston Celtics defeated the Toronto Raptors, 98-95, at Air Canada Centre.
With Boston holding a 95-92 lead with 7.1 seconds left in OT following two free throws by Eddie House, Toronto called a 20-second timeout to draw up a play. T.J. Ford got the call and the diminutive point guard nailed a three pointer with 4.4 ticks left to tie the game at 95. Boston then called a timeout and inbounded the ball at midcourt. Paul Pierce inbounded to Allen, who made a three from the left corner to give the Celtics the win.
"That is exactly how we drew it up," Allen said about the winning basket. "He (Pierce) caught me wide open and KG (Kevin Garnett) set a great pick, but even if I wasn't open, KG was under the basket. It was a great play."
Allen made 11-of-16 from the field, including 7-of-11 from behind the arc. Kevin Garnett added 23 points and 13 boards, while Pierce had 13 points and six assists for the victorious Celtics. James Posey finished with 11 points and Eddie House contributed 10 in the win.
Boston was without head coach Glenn "Doc" Rivers, who missed the contest do to the death of his father. Assistant Tom Thibodeau coached the team.
Ford dropped a career-high 32 points on 12-of-21 from the field, including 3- of-4 from three-point territory. Chris Bosh added 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Jason Kapono had 10 points.
"From the start of the game, the way it was playing, I knew tonight was going to be the night where I had to put up a lot of shots because they weren't leaving our shooters," Ford said about his performance. "We gave ourselves a chance to win even though we shot a bad percentage."
With the Celtics maintaining a 10-point advantage through the first couple of minutes of the fourth, the Raptors got back-to-back three-point baskets by Jose Calderon and Juan Dixon to make it a 70-66 game with 7:48 left in the fourth. Toronto than tied it at 72 apiece with 3:22 remaining before Posey nailed a three to put the Celtics back in front 75-72.
With Boston holding a 78-76 lead with 27 seconds left in regulation, Ford's driving layup tied the contest. Pierce than tried winning it for the Celtics at the buzzer but his jump shot was off the mark and the game went into overtime.
Boston went on a 16-6 run to start the contest following a tip-in by Kendrick Perkins and held a 23-14 advantage after one quarter of play. The Celtics extended their lead to 10 following a layup by Posey midway through the second and took a 38-31 lead into the intermission.
The visitors continued to hold the Raptors at an arms length through three quarters and had a 66-55 advantage heading into the fourth.
Attendance was 19,800...Both teams finished with 42 rebounds apiece...The Celtics shot 44.2 percent from the field, while Toronto shot 36.7 percent...Boston starts the season 2-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 season...Toronto's 31 points in the first half was its lowest total for a half since November 11, 2005 when they scored 28 against the New Jersey Nets.
11/04 20:48:46 ET