The Raptors were down by 11 against the under-manned Boston Celtics going into the final quarter, and closed it down to within five numerous times in the final 12 minutes, but couldn't get any closer.
It was pretty much over when Ray Allen nailed a key jumper along with Rasheed Wallace driving in for a dunk to push the Celtics' lead to 92-83 with just over three minutes left.
The Boston Celtics were coming off a three game losing skid coming into the meeting with the Raptors, and were without without Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Marquis Daniels. Although Ray Allen had a solid game, the game changer had to have been Glen "Big Baby" Davis, who gave his team a spark going after key rebounds to help give the Celtics the edge over the Raptors.
His numbers coming off the bench were impressive, going five for nine in the field, with 15 points and five boards respectively.
It was a tough night for the Raptors, but if there was someone who deserves some credit it had to have been Hedo Turkoglu, who with a hurt knee still managed to put up some decent numbers.
Turkoglu made some key plays to keep the Raptors in the game with 12 points, seven assists, and seven rebounds, .
The Raptors were not able to penetrate a tough Celtics defence, even with Boston being short four key players.
The final numbers in points in the paint are as follows: 48-30 Celtics. The Raptors need to do a better job of getting inside if they want to be able to contend with the top tier teams in the league.
"They play hard defence...and everyone of our guys were in foul trouble early. It took away from all the aggressiveness in defence that we've been so good at establishing the past five games. They do a good job at not giving away any clean looks, we shot a decent percentage but I don't think we moved the ball as much...We just didn't really play that well."
- Jay Triano on the game against the Celtics .
Sun., Jan. 3 @ Toronto 6:00 PM ET (SCORE, FAN 590)
The San Antonio Spurs are in town, who are coming off a win over Washington. With both the Raptors and Spurs coming off back-to-backs, it would be surprising to see a fast-paced high scoring game. It all comes down to who wants it more, and with an always tough Spurs team, a win for the Raptors will surely get them back on the right track after tonight's loss.
Number of times the Raptors played the Celtics this year. Both were losses.
Number points Chris Bosh needs to become the franchise's all-time scoring leader
A poor showcase of fast break points for the Raptors.
Number of lead changes in the game against the Celtics.
Number of times the Raptors have lost when keeping the opposing team under 100 points this year.
"They execute their offence well. We can't dwell on this too much...we have a game tomorrow against the Spurs we just have to keep rolling.."- Chris Bosh on keeping the team's head up.
"I don't think we followed any phase of the gameplan the coach had for us...and if you don't do those things this is what happens..." Jarrett Jack on the disappointing game against the Celtics.
"We shot a decent percentage but I don't think we moved the ball as much...We just didn't really play that well." - Raptors head coach Jay Triano summing up the game.
23.8 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 1.8 APG
Notes: Another solid night from Chris Bosh who scored 25 points and gathered nine rebounds. He is now 15 points shy from the Raptors all-time scoring record.