Tomas Karageorgos | Report
The Toronto Raptors fell to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, 117-108.
Kawhi Leonard was deservedly named Eastern Conference player of the week on Monday. He averaged 30.7 points per game, 8.7 rebounds per game, shot 54% from the field, 47% from three, and the team went 3-0 in the week.
Leonard led Toronto scorers with 33 points, and went a perfect 11-11 from the free throw line. Serge Ibaka recorded a double-double as he scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Danny Green had 11.
Toronto’s bench was weakened as they were without OG Anunoby due to personal reasons, and C.J. Miles sat out with a sore right hip. Norman Powell scored 11, as did Greg Monroe who also had nine rebounds.
The Celtics had 12 more assists than the Raptors, which was because of Kyrie Irving. Irving recorded a double-double as he scored 27 points and provided 18 helpers. Al Horford went to battle with Serge Ibaka often in the post, and finished with 24 points. Jayson Tatum also had a double-double, he scored 16 points and grabbed 10 boards. Gordon Hayward scored 18 off the bench.
Offence was at a premium in the first quarter, with quality plays coming from both teams.
The Celtics took control in the second quarter, and went into half with a 64-53 lead.
Toronto pulled things back to within four at the end of the third quarter, with Kawhi Leonard doing the majority of the work.
Pascal Siakam was limited to six points on the night, but provided seven assists.
The fourth quarter consisted of numerous lead changes, until the Celtics pulled away with two minutes remaining. Kyrie Irving provided three of his 18 assists with a minute left in the game.
Some Celtic players had issues with one another last week, including Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart.
Boston pulled together as a team and won a key game against the Raptors, which will hopefully help them in the long run.
The Raptors have a quick turnaround, as they fly back home to Toronto to host the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night at Scotiabank Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:30.
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