The streak continues.
Celtics have now won six straight without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and their most impressive win came against the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors Saturday night at TD Garden.
Boston sealed a 110-99 win behind an 18-5 game-ending run. The Celtics’ defense held the Raptors to 15 points in the final frame — an impressive feat against the third-best scoring team in the league that averages 112.5 points a night. (For a complete recap, click here.)
Five Celtics players scored in double figures. Marcus Morris’ 25 points led the way, Jayson Tatum finished with 24 and Terry Rozier added 21.
At the end of the opening frame, the least likely starter in Aron Baynes led the Celtics in scoring with a dozen points and Rozier was right behind him with 10. The two best records in the Eastern Conference exchanged leads throughout most of the first half and when it felt like the Raptors were on the verge of grabbing their first double-digit lead of the night in the third quarter Tatum bridged the gap.
The rookie went off for 14 third-quarter points, including a pair of treys from behind the arc that cut into Toronto’s six-point lead. By the end, Boston only trailed by two points.
The Celtics then kicked off the final frame with a 10-4 run to grab a 94-88 lead. From there, Boston strung together a handful of defensive stops while Tatum, Rozier and Morris continued to attack offensively.
Boston held Kyle Lowry to 11 points on 4-of-12 attempts. DeMar DeRozan carried the scoring load with a game-high 32 points and Serge Ibaka finished with a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds).
The C’s will head back on the road for a back-to-back set that will start in Milwaukee against the Bucks and finish in Toronto for another showdown against the Raptors.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog