NBA Game Summary - Boston at Toronto
(Sunday, December 16th)
Final Score: Boston 90, Toronto 77
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce led six Celtics in double figures with 18 points as Boston cruised to its ninth straight victory, 90-77, over the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.
Kevin Garnett had 16 points and eight rebounds and Rajon Rondo added 14 for the Celtics, who were without starting guard Ray Allen for the second straight game thanks to a nagging ankle injury.
Tony Allen, starting in Ray's place, scored 10 points and pulled down five boards, and Eddie House and James Posey came off the bench to score 11 and 10, respectively, as Boston improved to 20-2, its best start since the 1963-64 NBA title campaign.
Chris Bosh scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who saw their own four-game win streak snapped by the even-hotter Celtics.
Jamario Moon had 13 points and Kris Humphries went for 12 points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench, but Toronto shot just 38.9 percent (28- for-72) from the floor, and never led.
Boston led 27-17 after one quarter, then scored 13 of the first 15 points in the second quarter to take a commanding 40-19 advantage. Toronto eventually ended its cold spell late in the half to pull within 50-36 at the break.
Allen's lay-in capped a 10-2 Celtics run that extended the lead to 64-44 with just over three minutes left in the third, and it was 71-54 Boston heading to the fourth.
Toronto mounted a threat early in the final stanza, scoring the first seven points to trim the lead to 71-61 with 10 minutes to go. But Garnett canned a turnaround jumper and Pierce banged a step-back to push the cushion back to 14, and the Raptors never came within single digits again.
Boston's previous season-long winning streak was eight games, thanks to an 8-0 start before a loss at Orlando November 18; they remained undefeated in the month of December (7-0)...Toronto has gone 720 straight games with at least one three-pointer; Bosh needs just two rebounds to tie Antonio Davis for first on the franchise's all-time list with 2,839; Moon has gone 17 straight games with at least one blocked shot, and is now four games shy of Marcus Camby's team record...The game was delayed for nearly 15 minutes before the start of the second half because of a leak in the roof that caused puddles to form near the top of the key, about 15 feet from the basket.
12/16 16:28:41 ET