The Boston Celtics had heard the murmurings as they went through their five game losing streak; that maybe it was time to break the club up and for the team to go into rebuild mode. That their vaunted defense was not as formidable as it was last year and that teams could score on them at will. That defense was in fine form on Wednesday night as they hosted the Toronto Raptors and held their visitors to an anemic 37.7% (26-69) shooting from the floor and ended their losing streak with a 96-73 victory. Rajon Rondo led the way for Boston as he knocked down a game high 21 points while Kevin Garnett added 15 for the night.
Gary Forbes paved the way for the Raptors as he came off the bench for 18 points in the game. DeMar DeRozan was the only Toronto starter to score in double figures as he had 11 points in the loss. The win for Boston brings their home record back to even at 4-4 for the campaign.
Rondo was a one-man wrecking crew during the opening period of play as the Celtics point guard scored 13 points in the first 12 minutes of play. The All-Star drove the lane putting the ball through the cylinder at the buzzer and the home team held the upper hand at 29-14. The Raptors started to dig themselves out of the hole they were in during the second and were able to make it a contest again by the end of the quarter. Jose Calderon knocked down a pair at the line with 24 seconds remaining and as the game reached the half the Celtics lead was down to just six points with the score 44-38.
Boston would take the game over dominating on both end of the floor during the third. They held their opponents to just 17 points in the period; while recovering their shooting touch and as the quarter came to a conclusion they were on top 73-55. Toronto was not able to regroup in the final period and Boston would end up with an easy victory.
Rondo knocked down 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists, while Garnett scored 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Brandon Bass came off the bench with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal while Mickael Pietrus added 12 points, 3 rebounds and a steal for the evening.
Forbes scored 18 points, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 rebound and 1 steal coming off the bench for the Raptors. DeRozan had 11 points and 2 rebounds in the loss. Boston now has a 5-8 record and will host the Phoenix Suns on Friday while Toronto falls to 4-11 and will host the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.