The Boston Celtics used another fourth-quarter surge to come out with an inspired 109-101 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
Boston had a terrible game from the start offensively and couldn’t put anything together letting the Raptors get out to an early 24-13 lead. Luckily for the C’s, they were able to mount a 15-6 run to close the opening quarter and keep the game close.
The second quarter was more of the same for the Raptors but this time Boston wasn’t able to mount a comeback, falling back by double digits to close the half. Although Isaiah Thomas led all scorers with 20 points after the first 24 minutes, he was seemingly the only Celtics player that showed up. Toronto shot a bad percentage from three-point range but was able to manage a remarkable 21 of 26 shooting from inside the arc while also outrebounding Boston, 27-17.
Boston really needed to come out of the break with an inspired effort but the Raptors stayed solid on the offensive end. Boston was able to trim the deficit to 85-77 heading into the final quarter but still needed a lot more energy to come out with a win.
Everyone in Boston knows what the fourth quarter means, and the “King in the Fourth” didn’t disappoint. Isaiah Thomas gave the Celtics the lead thanks to seven consecutive points and didn’t stop there as he dropped 19 points in the final quarter. IT continues to come through in the clutch but this performance meant the most to his team. With the Raptors only trailing the C’s by half of a game in the Eastern Conference, Boston needed to separate themselves from Toronto. This win secured second place for the Celtics and now they can focus their efforts on the first place Cavs.
This game was a point guard battle with DeMar DeRozan out for the Raptors. Kyle Lowry was remarkable finishing the game with 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting and 5 assists. Isaiah Thomas was better, though, finishing the game with 44 points while also tallying 7 assists. It was an overall bad shooting game for Boston but Toronto’s horrible 25% from three-point range allowed the Celtics to sneak in for the comeback victory.
The win extends Boston’s streak to 5 games and they will look to continue their red-hot play against the Lakers on Friday night.