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Celtics Pull Away From The Raptors In The Third Quarter
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SCORE RECAP PHOTOS VIDEOS
FINAL SCORE
Raptors 103 116 Raptors
Jay Satur
November 27, 2009
TD Garden
Boston, MA
IT 

WAS OVER WHEN...

With the Raptors up 61-57 in the third quarter, the Celtics simply found another gear defensively. A slew of Toronto turnovers ensued and much like on Wednesday, the Raptors defence couldn't get stops when Boston went on a run.

The Celtics put it away with a 25-4 run starting about 1:21 into the third and lasting a little over nine minutes. The Raptors managed to get it down to single-digits in the fourth quarter but they never appeared poised to threaten a Celtics team that played with purpose and intensity on their home court after the break.

THE 

GAME CHANGER

Paul Pierce. Celitcs had a balanced effort on Friday, but Pierce continued to be that clutch playmaker that's consistently hurt the Raptors. He finished with 18 points (7-of-12 shooting), seven assists, five rebounds and two steals.

He also flipped an emotional switch for the Celtics in the fourth. Pierce threw down a thunderous, but controversial dunk that sent Chris Bosh sprawling after the Celtics forward appeared to lead with his knee. An ensuing technical foul for taunting drew the ire of the Raptors coaching staff, but it also provided the kind of rallying point these Celtics seem to thrive on.

THE UNDERRATED RAPTOR

Jarrett Jack. On a night where the Raptors needed many hands to help topple the Celtics at home, credit Jarrett Jack for rising to the challenge.

Jack provided a spark of the bench for Toronto, pouring in 18 points on five-of-eight shooting with a team-high five assists and two steals. Jack offered up the kind of performance that the Raptors needed on both sides of the ball Friday, they simply didn't get enough of them.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Turnovers weren't an issue for the Raptors before Wednesday, but they've been a key factor in the past two losses.

The Raptors managed to scrape by in the first half and hit the locker room with a 55-54 lead despite 14 giveaways. They weren't so lucky in the second half. The next three Raptors turnovers after the break in the third quarter helped turn a four-point Raptors lead into a five-point deficit. Toronto finished with 25 turnovers and Boston scored 24 points from them.

THAT'S A RAP

"We played them after the ball instead of before they caught the ball and their starting bigs didn't miss a shot. Both guys were perfect. We tried to come and double team and they'd find another guy, they shared the ball well and they shot a high percentage." - Jay Triano on the Celtics' passing and shooting.

3-GAME OUTLOOK

Wed. Nov. 29 vs. Phoenix Suns
1:00 PM ET (CBC, FAN 590)

GAME NOTES:
The Raptors are back in action Sunday at Air Canada Centre, where they'll square off against the Suns for the second time this month. The Raptors nearly emerged from he desert with a victory earlier this season, but a last-second jumper from Hedo Turkoglu rimmed out and gave the Suns a 101-100 victory in the first meeting. Amare Stoudamire led all players with 30 points, while Chris Bosh paced the Raptors with 25 points. Phoenix has won the last 11 meetings and five in a row at ACC.
By 

The Numbers
6 Number of players to scorein double-figures for the Celtics
68 Points in the paint scored by the Celtics vs. 48 for the Raptors
43 Number of Raptors turnovers the past two games
14 Number of double-doubles for Chris Bosh -- the NBA leader in that category
20 Number of points for Hedo Turkoglu, matching his season-high
They Said It...
Doc Rivers "We were just having a feel-good game: You score, pat them on the back, and then they score. We call it Buddy Ball. Then we stopped." - Doc Rivers on tightening up against the Raptors in the third quarter.
Antoine Wright "Theres a lot of frustration in this locker room, and we have to say enough is enough.' If we continue to go forward like this, its going to continue to happen to us." - Antoine Wright on the Raptors' inability to close the deal.
Chris Bosh "They took us out of what we normally do. We were getting to the second side, we were playing aggressively, we were getting position, we were setting screens and they turned up their physicality and we backed down" - Chris Bosh on the Celtics getting physical.
Fantasy Alert
SEASON STATS
10.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 8.7 APG

Notes: Rajon Rondo An excellent all-around performance from the fourth-year point guard, who was strong at both ends on Friday. He finished with 12 points (5-10 FGM/A), 11 assists, four steals and two rebounds.
SEASON STATS
25.4 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 1.8 APG

Notes: Make it a league-leading 14 double-doubles for Chris Bosh, who shot a solid nine-of-13 from the floor for 20 points and pulled down 13 rebounds (two on the offensive glass). However, CB4 was well under his NBA-high 11.6 free throw attempts per game, only getting to the line twice on Friday.