Ford Keys to the Game

Raptors 96, Celtics 103

Game Highlights

Photo of the Game

Celtics huddle

Despite missing the game with an injury, Paul Pierce fires up the troops during the pre-game starting lineup announcements.
Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty

Key Moment

Boston came out tonight with great hustle and energy, and when those characteristics were visible in the opening minutes there was a clear shot for this team to grab a victory despite their depleted roster. The Celtics and Raptors played pretty evenly throughout the first 19 minutes of the game, as indicated by Boston's two-point lead at the 5:08 mark of the second quarter, but the C's were able to pull away from that point on.

Eddie House began the key run with a 3-pointer and Kendrick Perkins added a layup to extend the lead to seven with 3:50 remaining in the first half. As the quarter came to a close, Boston pushed that lead up to 11 points with 1:19 remaining when Glen Davis slammed home a fast break dunk. The Celtics went into halftime with a 58-48 lead and it wasn't trimmed to less than five for the rest of the game.

Key Box Score Line

On a night where three Celtics starters were out of the lineup, Rasheed Wallace stepped up to the plate and delivered a solid all-around performance that aided the C's to a big victory. Sheed shot the ball well from the field, including a couple of pretty kisses off the glass, and also contrinuted to Boston's rebound and assist numbers.

Box Score Nuggets

  • J.R. Giddens scored two points, grabbed two rebounds and dished out an assist in his first career start. He was on the court for 20:23 of the game.
  • Ray Allen scored a team-high 23 points.
  • Kendrick Perkins finished with the only double-double of the game, with 14 points and 10 boards.
  • Chris Bosh (25 points) and Andrea Bargnani (21 points) combined for 46 points against the Celtics' frontline.
  • Boston racked up 26 assists tonight despite missing their starting point guard.
  • Tony Allen, who started at point guard for the C's, finished with 14 points, five rebounds and seven assists.
  • Jarrett Jack and Hedo Turkoglu both finished with seven assists to lead the Raptors.
  • Both teams finished with 16 turnovers.
  • The Celtics outscored Toronto in the paint by a count of 48-30.
  • Boston made 25 of their 31 free throw attempts.

Quote of the Night

Chris Bosh on the Celtics' solid play despite missing three starters: "They're a good team. We're not a good team, especially on their home court. No matter who's playing, they execute their offense well."