Tomas Karageorgos | Report
The Toronto Raptors beat the Boston Celtics on Friday night in what was seen as an important game for both teams early in the season.
The Raptors created leads for themselves throughout the fourth quarter, coming out eventual winners by a score of 113-101. Kawhi Leonard recorded another double-double, scoring 31 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas came off the bench for only the seventh time in his NBA career during the regular season; as Serge Ibaka started at centre, with the Raptors opting for a smaller lineup against Boston.
The first quarter was very defence oriented, with the score at 25-18 in favour of Boston after the first 12. Toronto picked up their offence in the second quarter, as they scored 31 more points adding to their first half tally. The score at half was 53-49 for Boston. The Raptors hit another buzzer-beater going into the halftime break, this time it was a three-pointer from Fred VanVleet.
Kawhi Leonard was quiet in the first half, but went off for 24 points in the second half. Toronto’s largest lead didn’t come until the fourth quarter, when they went on a 10-0 run. It seems that Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green are still on the same page on both the offensive and defensive ends, like they were in San Antonio.
This win for the Raptors will play an important role as they will face Boston three more times throughout the season, as many people believe these two teams are the strongest in the East, and could possibly meet in the conference finals.
Toronto will be without Kawhi Leonard for their game against Washington on Saturday, as they decided to rest him as a precaution.
The Raptors play the Washington Wizards on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Capital One Arena.
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