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A nearly flawless Ray Allen scored a season-high 36 points, including a NBA season-high eight 3-pointers, and the Boston Celtics withstood a late Toronto rally to beat the Raptors 94-88 on Sunday afternoon. They snapped a four-game losing streak with the win.
Allen shot 11-14 from the field and 8-10 from 3-point land in the win. He also added three rebounds, two assists, and two steals in an all-around big effort. Allen helped carry a team without Kendrick Perkins, who was nursing a sore shoulder. Brian Scalabrine started in Perk’s place and played 25 minutes, getting seven points with two rebounds and a blocked shots.
Glen “Big Baby” Davis also saw time at center…and really didn’t do too well offensively. He shot an anemic 1-12 from the field in finishing with six points. He did however pull down 11 rebounds and get two steals. Scal and Big Baby played admirably in Perk’s place, but without him at center, the team’s lack of a sufficient backup big man really hurts. Maybe P.J. Brown wants to come out of retirement?
Rajon Rondo had a strong game as well, finishing 14 points and 11 assists. Rondo was matched up against fellow stud Jose Calderon, who has had a decent year for the Raptors. Calderon finished Sunday’s game with just six points and three assists as he was clearly outclassed by Rondo. Calderon’s normal season averages are around 13 points and nine assists per game.
It’s great the Celtics got back on track against the Raptors…but what’s better? Oh, well the next game on the schedule is those same Raptors. The Celtics will host Toronto Monday night in the second game of a back-to-back for both teams.