*Pierce, Blount key late surge as Celtics top winless Raptors*
BOSTON (Ticker) -- Paul Pierce, Mark Blount and the Boston Celtics would not let the Toronto Raptors get their first victory on their home court.
Pierce scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Blount made several key plays down the stretch as the Celtics recorded a 100-93 triumph over the struggling Raptors.
With Boston holding a 78-77 lead with 8:31 left, Dan Dickau drilled a 3-pointer to ignite a 9-3 run. Delonte West's jumper capped the surge, giving the Celtics an 87-80 lead with 3:48 left.
The winless Raptors battled back as Chris Bosh nailed a jumper and Jalen Rose made a fadeaway shot to cut the deficit to three points. After a free throw by Pierce, Morris Peterson drilled a 3-pointer to bring Toronto within 88-87 with 2:38 to go.
The Celtics responded behind Blount, who gathered an offensive rebound and put back a layup on the next possession. After a dunk by Bosh, Blount answered with another layup for a 92-89 lead with 1:07 remaining.
On Boston's next trip, Blount - who scored with 14 points - set a hard screen on the perimeter, freeing up Pierce for a 15-footer that gave the Celtics a 94-90 lead with 44 seconds to play.
Pierce made 7-of-16 shots and 10-of-12 free throws. He received plenty of help from Ricky Davis, who added 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting with seven assists.
Meanwhile, the Raptors (0-9) continue to search for the winning recipe. They have surrendered at least 99 points in every game and have struggled to find a consistent scoring threat other than Bosh, who finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double.