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Rajon Rondo netted 21 points while dishing out seven assists to lead the Boston Celtics past the Toronto Raptors 115-104 yesterday at the Air Canada Centre. The contest featured five Celtics in double figures to earn their eight consecutive victory over the Raptors. Michael Finley was a key contributor with 14 points off the bench as the Big 3 combined for 57, respectively.
“Our shooting won the game for us tonight,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “When Ray and Michael get it going at the same time and they’re both on the floor, that makes us really good because we can still pound the ball down low and affect the other team’s ability to take the low-post game away because they’re so worried about the guys out on the perimeter.”
With the victory the C’s were able to slide into the #3 spot in the Eastern Conference standings with a 49-29 record. The Atlanta Hawks rank beside them following a pair of losses to the Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Bobcats. Boston is currently preparing to host the Washington Wizards tomorrow night at 7:30 PM. They will then hit the road for two games in Milwaukee and Chicago before closing the regular season at the Garden against the Bucks. Boston Celtics regular season and playoff tickets are now available!
The Atlanta Hawks showcased nine players in double-digits, collectively netting 42 second quarter points en route to claiming victory over the Toronto Raptors 146-115 Wednesday night at Philips Arena. Al Horford led the Hawks in scoring with 24 points, followed by Josh Smith and Jamal Crawford collecting 16 apiece. Joe Johnson produced 12 points while dishing out 11 assists.
“I think it had something to do with their back-to-back games,” said Crawford. “We jumped out early and didn’t look back the whole game.” Atlanta shot 60.5 percent from the floor in the first half, racking up 75 points before heading into the locker room.
The 7-13 Raptors have now lost five straight on the road. Chris Bosh (averages 25 points per game) when asked what went wrong chose to criticize his team on the defensive end, instead of re-assessing his own dismal two-point performance in 16 minutes played. “We didn’t magically appear last on the charts defensively,” said Bosh. “The team’s defensive effort hasn’t been there for a while. I mean, tonight was just a total embarrassment.” The Raptors will have a chance to redeem themselves on Friday against the Washington Wizards as the Hawks move on to face the New York Knicks.
LeBron James earned his first triple double of the season with 23 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, but his effort just simply wasn’t enough for the Cleveland Cavaliers to get by the Toronto Raports Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre. The Cavaliers 0-2 start instead of answering the call to high expectations have only raised questions and doubts in Cleveland. The 2008 MVP is confident his team will work out the initial kinks to get themselves back on track as one of the top teams in the East.
“Earlier I’d get very upset when you lose two or three games, you’d just feel like you can’t turn it around,” said James. “But I’m at a point in my career now where I know that you can lose two but, at the same time, you don’t look too far into it. You learn from the mistakes and you just try to get better.”
Raptors Andrea Bargnani led all scoring with 28 points. “If Andrea gets it going and is scoring the basketball a lot, then we are going to be tough to beat” said Chris Bosh, who also played a big factor in Toronto’s victory with 21 points and 16 rebounds.
The Cavs are set to travel to Minnesota to square off against the Timberwolves Friday at 8:00 PM. The Wolves are coming off a buzzer-beater win over the New Jersey Nets and will be ready to challenge Cleveland on their own stomping grounds.
If there’s one criticism for the 2008-2009 Boston Celtics its their slow starts in games. The Celtics have had terrible first periods so far this year. The good news of course is that they have displayed a tremendous ability to fight back, shut down the opponents’ offense and pull away with the win. In this game the Celtics actually found themselves down after three quarters but got a memorable performance out of Paul Pierce in the fourth to secure the win. Pierce absolutely dominated with 22 points in the 4th and 36 points for the game.
It was a good game all around for the Big Three. Kevin Garnett had 21 points and 10 rebounds while Ray Allen dropped 19 points on the Raptors. The loss for the Raptors was particularly upsetting for Jermaine O’Neal who had a great game for Toronto with 23 points and 11 rebounds. The win put the Celtics at 7-1 on the year.
The Celtics will host the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday 11/12. Great Celtics tickets are available for this and all Celtics games.
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