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Jae Crowder’s game-winning jumper was incredible. It was tough. It was improbable. It was, after all, a game winner.

But Crowder wouldn’t have even been in position to win the game had it not been for a critical play at the end of the first half.

Rarely does momentum carry over to the second half from a single first-half play, but it happened Tuesday night.

Boston trailed Toronto by as many as 15 points during the first half but battled back to make it a game during the second quarter. Boston went on a 7-1 run to cut that deficit down to nine with 29.1 seconds left in the half.

Then the C’s finished with a 2-0 run – their loudest 2-0 run of the season.

Boston gained possession of the ball with 4.6 seconds left in the second quarter after the Raptors missed a shot and lost the ball out of bounds. Brad Stevens assessed the situation and called to the refs for a timeout.

It was a perfect situation for Stevens to do what he does best: draw up a play for a quick bucket.

What he drew onto his whiteboard worked to perfection. The C’s inbounded the ball to Tyler Zeller on the near sideline, about five feet ahead of midcourt. He touch-passed the ball off to Marcus Smart, who was streaking to the basket from the other side of the half court line.

Smart caught the ball with a full head of steam and watched the lane open up for him as if it were the Red Sea. He flew down the lane and took off from about two feet outside the restricted circle and threw down the loudest dunk of his young NBA career.

The basket sent Boston’s fans into a frenzy as these two teams made their way into their locker rooms. The Celtics still trailed 53-46, but it sure felt like they were winning.

It wasn't long into the second half until the C's were, in fact, winning. Tyler Zeller’s free throws gave Boston a 64-63 lead with 5:07 left in the third quarter. The C’s made every play necessary down the stretch – including Crowder’s ridiculous corner jumper – to take home a 95-93 win.

That monstrous slam by Smart to close the second quarter put fuel in Boston’s gas tank for the second half. There’s no doubt about that.

Key Player

No player on Boston’s roster dominated Tuesday’s game against the Raptors. Evan Turner did, however, play very well.

The swingman turned in another borderline triple-double on Boston’s home court. He tied for the team high in points with 14 and dished out a game-high nine assists. He also contributed seven rebounds and notched one tally in both the steals and blocks categories.

Turner was a playmaker, one the Celtics needed to win this game.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Toronto's largest lead was 15, while Boston's was just five.
  • The Celtics shot worse from the field (38.4 percent) than the Raptors (43.8 percent) but still won the game.
  • Boston outrebounded Toronto by a count of 50-43.
  • The C's had 10 more offensive rebounds (17) than the Raptors (seven).
  • Tyler Zeller was a plus-20 in the plus/minus category in 26 minutes of action.
  • Evan Turner logged team highs in points (14) and assists (nine), while also grabbing seven rebounds.
  • No player in the game recorded a double-double.
  • The Raptors had seven players log double-digit scoring totals, while the Celtics had five.
  • Boston had 24 assists on 38 made baskets.
  • The Celtics had 19 more field goal attempts than the Raptors.
  • Marcus Smart had two blocks in the contest.
  • Isaiah Thomas picked up his second technical foul in as many games.
  • Boston took three more 3-point attempts than Toronto, but made three less.

Quote of the Night

You knew they were going to be tight on Isaiah... We had a couple of options on the play and Jae was one of them.

Brad Stevens on Jae Crowder's game-winning shot

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