KYLE Lowry and DeMar DeRozan stepped up in the second half to lead the Toronto Raptors overcome a slow start and take down the Boston Celtics, 101-94,at the TD Garden on Friday (Saturday, Manila time)
Toronto trailed by as much as 14 in the second quarter and the Celtics took a 50-42 edge at the half. But the Raptors clawed back from a 62-52 deficit at the 5:31 mark of the third with 23-5 run to close the period with a 75-68 edge.
Norman Powell then scored the Raptors first eight points in the fourth and help put up an 11-point lead, 89-78, midway in the quarter. But Al Horford sparked a 9-2 run to cut the gap to four with over three minutes left, before the DeMar DeRozan hit a jumper and two free throws to bring the Raptors up by seven with 1:25 left.
Marcus Smart countered with a three with 51 ticks to go to bring the Celtics closer, 95-91. But Kyle Lowry drilled three free throws on the next play after he got clipped by Horford on the triple attempt. Hordford answered with a three-point play with 21.8 seconds to go but saw his trey rim out in the ensuing possession as the Raptors came away with a hard-earned road win.
Lowry finished with a season-high 34 points and DeRozan added 24 for the Raptors, who won two in a row and improved their record to 16-7. Powell chipped in a season-best 20 markers.
Horford and Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 19 points apiece. Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier each scored 12 as the Boston offense sorely missed the injured Isaiah Thomas and fell to 13-10.