Celtics Fall To The Raptors 106-114. Fall 2 Games Back For #2 Seed. Report, Stats, Highlights
The Boston Celtics came out ready and had all guns blazing in a playoff-style basketball game and atmosphere at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night.
Unfortunately DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors proved that they were more than up for the challenge.
DeRozan scored 31 of his season-high 41 points in the second half as Toronto came back from behind for a 114-106 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 19,800. Jonas Valanciunas added 18 points and a career-high 23 rebounds in an old-school playground style game between Atlantic Division rivals.
Toronto trailed by 16 points midway through the third quarter but DeRozan helped bring the Raptors back in the fourth. He scored six straight points before Kyle Lowry's three-pointer with 2:41 left gave the Raptors a 104-102 lead.
Thomas led the Celtics with 27 points while Al Horford had 14 points and nine rebounds. DeRozan had a career-high 13 rebounds while Kyle Lowry added 24 points for Toronto.
Celtics now fall back two wins behind the Raptors for the #2 seed. Still going to be a close race but Celtics cannot afford to slip at this point. Perfect opportunity for them to bounce back against a disappointing Washington Wizards team tonight. #CsUp