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Win Streak Snapped As Woes Against Celtics Continue
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Celtics 114 107 Raptors
Jay Satur
January 10, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON

Credit the Raptors for battling back late, but the opening 92 seconds gave the Celtics a window, they took advantage and went wire to wire from there.

Instead of building any kind of early lead, Toronto missed its first five attempts from the floor, Boston made their first four -- including two three-pointers -- and it felt like the tone had been set. A short lapse but a costly one against a Celtics team that's dominated the series of late.


Hard to choose who did more damage between Rasheed Wallace (season-high 29 points, 9-12 FGM-A) or Rajon Rondo (22 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds, four steals) and really it was a case of one benefiting from the other.

Rondo's ability to penetrate warranted extra defensive attention and when the Raptors sagged, the Celtics guard kicked. Wallace was frequently the beneficiary, as he had ample time and space behind the arc and drilled five of his seven attempts from long range.


Marco Belinelli played the entire fourth quarter on Sunday and really gave the Raptors a boost with seven points in the final frame and 14 overall (6-12 FGM-A).

His decision-making was solid on Sunday, making the smart extra pass and balancing his long range shooting with drives to the bucket. All good signs for Belinelli, who seems primed to shake off his recent slump.


"You look at the stats and they make 40 field goals, we made 39. They make 11 threes and we make eight, thats probably the biggest difference in any of the stats. Forty-one to 38 rebounds, assists are close. It was a back and forth after we gave up a 10-point lead to start, 10 points right off the bat. That kind of put us behind, but we fought back, we just couldnt get over the hump."

- Jay Triano on Sunday's loss.


Mon., Jan. 11 @ Indiana
7:00 PM ET (TSN, FAN 590)

The Raptors will have their resiliency tested on Monday, as they close out a back-to-back on the road in Indianapolis against the Pacers. In their first matchup of the season at Air Canada Centre back on Nov. 24, seven Raptors scored in double figures as their offence carried them to a 123-112 win. Danny Granger, who dropped 36 points in that loss, has recently returned to the Pacers lineup and looks like he hasn't missed a beat since his month-long layoff due to plantar fascia. The Pacers have lost two straight and eight of their last 10 games overall.

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The Numbers
5 Number of consecutive regular-season wins for the Celtics at ACC.
100 Free throw percentage for Chris Bosh on Sunday after going 13-13 from the line
44-36 Points in the paint, favouring Toronto.
86.8 Percetage of scoring from the Celtics Starters (99 of 114 points).
26-17 Fast break points, favouring Toronto.
They Said It...
Jarrett Jack "As the game went on we got aggressive, started attacking the paint and we were able to find ourselves easy baskets and knock down some shots. The first two minute you cant be lackadaisical, you have to go out there and attack the paint."- Jarrett Jack.
Rasheed Wallace "They are the younger team, it was an early game for us but we knew that we had to come out focused because we knew they were going to try and run it up the first five or six minutes of the game. We just came out stronger." - Rasheed Wallace, on the Celtics' approach.
Chris Bosh "Rasheed (Wallace), Ray Allen, Kevin (Garnett) when he is playing, Paul (Pierce); they all can score the basketball and have all been the man on their team in the past. So it doesnt surprise me. He made some tough shots, but that is what he does." - Chris Bosh on Wallace's big night.