Celts Lose Ugly at Toronto

 

DeRozan scores 21 as Raptors shock Celtics

 

TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, Jose Calderon had 17
points and 14 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat Boston 86-74 on
Friday for their third win in the past 20 meetings with the Celtics.

Amir
Johnson had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Aaron Gray matched a
season-high with 11 rebounds as the Raptors avenged a 100-64 loss at
Boston on Feb. 1, their worst defeat of the season. James Johnson scored
14 for Toronto.

The Raptors, who snapped a three-game losing
streak, had lost five of six coming in and were treated with a rare
standing ovation from the crowd of 19,207 in the final minute.

Kevin
Garnett scored 17 points, Paul Pierce had 12 and Brandon Bass had 10
for the Celtics, who were without center Jermaine O'Neal because he had a
sore left shoulder.

Ray Allen scored just six points and Rajon Rondo had only five. The pair combined to shoot 5-for-18.

The
Celtics, who had won nine of ten before Thursday's overtime loss to the
Los Angeles Lakers, lost back-to-back games for the first time since a
five-game skid from Jan. 6 to 16.

Trailing 63-51, to begin the
fourth, the Celtics were unable to mount a serious comeback. Allen's
jumper cut it to 77-69 with 3:35 left, but Linas Kleiza answered with a
3-pointer. And after Garnett made one of two from the line to trim the
deficit to 81-72 with two minutes left, Calderon hit a step-back 3 to
push the lead back to 12.

Toronto started brightly, using a pair
of running dunks by James Johnson and Calderon's alley-oop pass to
DeRozan to open an 18-7 lead with 4:30 left in the opening quarter.
DeRozan had nine points in the first, Calderon and Johnson had eight
each as Toronto led 26-14 after one.

Boston made six turnovers in
the first, but also had coach Doc Rivers fuming after failing to inbound
the ball on one possession, forcing a timeout. Rivers yelled angrily at
his team in the huddle before stomping back to the bench to let the
players sort themselves out.

The Celtics closed the gap in the
second, when Toronto made just four of 15 field goal attempts, but still
trailed 41-34 at the break. Allen and Rondo combined for just two
points in the first half, missing seven of eight shots.

The
Raptors pulled away again in the third with DeRozan feeding Amir Johnson
for an alley-oop to make it 61-45 with 3:52 left, matching their
biggest lead of the game. Boston trailed 63-51 heading into the fourth.

NOTES:
DeRozan has scored 20 or more in three of his past four games. … The
loss snapped Boston's season-high three-game road winning streak. …
Celtics G Avery Bradley (right shoulder) and F Sasha Pavlovic (left
wrist) sat out for the second straight game. … Toronto G Jerryd
Bayless was unavailable after leaving Wednesday's loss to Milwaukee with
a sore left ankle.