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Playing at a time slot (12:30 p.m. on a Sunday) that was unlikely to draw many New England-area viewers, the Celtics enjoyed yet another victory, beating the Raptors in Toronto 118-103.
Ray Allen led seven players in double figures with a very efficient 21 points. Allen was 8-12 from the field, including 5-7 from 3-point land. He didn’t take any free throws, as most of his attempts came from beyond 15 feet, instead of driving the lane to draw a foul. Allen also led the squd in minutes with just over 31, as the rest of the starters didn’t play 30 minutes while the Celtics built on a big lead after the first half.
Despite getting 24 points (7-14 shooting) from Chris Bosh and 14 points from Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon, and Anthony Parker, the Raptors could not stay close as the Celtics built up a 95-73 lead entering the fourth quarter. Toronto can blame hot shooting by the Celtics and mediocre shooting on on their part for the 15-point loss.
The Celtics out-shot the Raptors 61.6% (45-73) to 44.3% (31-70). You can almost never win when out-shot by almost 20%. It’s a true sign that the Celtics defensive play is that good. They force bad shots, they defend good shots, and they grab defensive rebounds (they out-rebounded Toronto 38-31).
Also a sign of a successful team is good play from the bench. The Celtics received another spark from Tony Allen, who contributed 15 points (5-7 shooting), six rebounds, two assists, and a steal on the afternoon. Eddie House also helped out, pouring in 11 points on 4-8 shooting (2-5 from three).
The Celtics now get two days of rest before facing the Golden State Warriors at home on Wednesday night.