Keys to the Game

Keys to the Game: Raptors 114, Celtics 106

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Box Score Nuggets
Quote of the Night

Key Moment

The Boston Celtics appeared to be well on their way to a monumental road win Tuesday night as they built up a 16-point second-half lead over the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.

Sitting one game back in the Atlantic Division standings, Boston badly wanted to come away with a victory. But a monstrous fourth-quarter run by the home team cut its dreams short as Toronto battled back for a 114-106 win.

The Celtics led 100-91 with exactly half a quarter remaining when DeMar DeRozan and Raptors began to make their late-game run.

DeRozan went off for 12 points during the final six minutes, while the Celtics only managed to score half of that tally as a team. The All-Star guard completely killed Boston's momentum as he hit shot after shot from inside the arc.

His two biggest buckets came during the final minute and 30 seconds, as he hit a tough turnaround jumper over Isaiah Thomas to give Toronto a 108-104 lead, and then made an off-balance baseline jumper over Jae Crowder that extended the Raptors' lead to six points with 1:04 remaining.

The Celtics had run out of juice by that point, as Toronto finished them off and doubled its division lead over Boston.

Key Player

DeMar DeRozan gave the Raptors a massive spark Tuesday night as he scored 31 of his game-high 41 points during the second half. But it's hard to argue that he had a bigger impact than Toronto's 7-foot center, Jonas Valanciunas.

Valanciunas acted like a black hole under the hoop all night long. He corralled a career-high 23 rebounds – 11 of which came on the offensive end.

By comparison, Boston only managed to grab six offensive rebounds as a team.

Valanciunas also notched 18 points and had two huge blocks during the final 81 seconds of regulation that helped Toronto clinch the win.

Box Score Nuggets

  • DeMar DeRozan tallied a game-high 41 points to go along with a career-high 13 rebounds.
  • Jonas Valanciunas also established a career-high in the rebounding department with 23 boards.
  • Isaiah Thomas led Boston in scoring and assists with 27 points and seven dimes.
  • The Celtics shot just 9-of-27 from 3-point range after hitting at least 17 treys during each of its last four games.
  • Marcus Smart snagged a game-best four steals.
  • The Celtics were out-rebounded 50-33.
  • Valanciunas grabbed 11 of Toronto's 17 offensive rebounds.
  • Boston corralled just six offensive boards as a team.
  • Gerald Green notched 14 points and five rebounds during 24 minutes off the bench.
  • Kyle Lowry recorded 24 points and a game-high nine assists.
  • Boston led by as many as 16 points during the second half.

Quote of the Night

They’re leading the division, they’re second in the East right now, and we understand that they’re a team that we have to reckon with.

Al Horford on Boston measuring up against Toronto.

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