The Boston Celtics finally completed their long climb to get above the .500 mark on Wednesday night at the “New Garden” as they beat up the Toronto Raptors as well as took their lunch money winning by a lopsided margin of 100-64. The home team shot a scorching 52.0% (39-75) from the floor as well as 50% (12-24) from outside the arc. They held their visitors to an anemic 34.2% (25-73) from the field for the night.
All-Star guard Rajon Rondo sat again on the sidelines for his eighth consecutive game, however Avery Bradley had his best start since being pressed into duty when Rondo hurt his wrist as he scored 11 points in the win. Paul Pierce led five Boston players in double-figures with a game high 17 points while the Raptors had just two players in double-digits with Jerryd Bayless coming off the bench to score a team high 14 points.
The Celtics dominated this game from the opening tip to the final buzzer and Toronto didn’t even put on a good imitation of trying to fight back. Rookie E’Twaun Moore tipped a shot in with 39 seconds left in the opening period and the Raptors would already be deep in the hole at the completion of the first trailing 29-16. The second verse would be same as the first as Boston remained hot offensively while their opponents continued to look lethargic and out of sync. Kevin Garnett buried a 25 foot trey at the buzzer and the Celtics would enter the locker room at the half on top 57-35.
If Toronto had any hopes of climbing back into this contest they would be dashed against the rocks in the third. The visitors could muster just 14 points during the 12 minutes of play and Boston had this one wrapped up at the end of the period as they held a 77-49 advantage. The Celtics would sit all five of their starters for the entire fourth quarter and still outscored the Raptors 23-15 to complete the rout.
Pierce knocked down 17 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, a block and a steal. Ray Allen put up 12 points, 5 assists, a rebound and a steal while Brandon Bass came off the bench with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Bradley added 11 points, 2 assists and a rebound while rookie forward JaJuan Johnson came off the bench and had 11 points and 2 rebounds in ten minutes of action.
Bayless would score 14 points an assist and a rebound for the night. Ed Davis would notch a double-double as the forward had 10 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks in the loss. Boston improves to 11-10 and will host the New York Knicks on Friday while Toronto has a record of 7-16 and they will welcome the Washington Wizards to their arena on Friday.