Celtics Vs. Raptors: Boston Falls In Toronto, 84-79

The Boston Celtics fell to the Toronto Raptors on the road by a score of 84-79.

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Celtics Vs. Raptors: Boston Falls In Toronto, 84-79

The Boston Celtics were unable to win their fifth game in a row on Friday evening as they lost to the Toronto Raptors by a score of 84-79 on the road in Air Canada Centre. By winning, the Raptors successfully avoided losing their fifth game in a row. The Celtics are now 34-25, which puts them in first place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division, and the Raptors are now 21-39, which puts them in last place in the same division.

The Celtics were led by Paul Pierce, who scored 18 points in Toronto, most of which came in the second half. Avery Bradley added 15, Kevin Garnett added 13 and Brandon Bass chipped in 10. Rajon Rondo added eight, but also had 12 assists. The Raptors, who couldn't hit water if they fell out of a boat in the first half, turned things around in the second. They were led by DeMar DeRozan, who scored 22 points, Alan Anderson added 12 and Linas Kleiza came off the bench to chip in 17.


Final - 4.13.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Boston Celtics 20 16 11 32 79
Toronto Raptors 13 17 27 27 84

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The Celtics will try to bounce back on the road on Saturday night when they take on the New Jersey Nets at 7:30 p.m. (ET), and the Raptors will look to build off their Friday-night win on Sunday in Atlanta against the Hawks.

For more on the Celtics, head to Celtics Blog, for more on the Raptors, head to Raptors HQ, and for a look back at the game, follow SB Nation Boston's StoryStream.

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Celtics Vs. Raptors: Boston Leads At Halftime, 36-30

The Boston Celtics lead the Toronto Raptors on the road in Air Canada Centre at halftime by a score of 36-30 Friday night. The Celtics came into the game with a 34-24 record, good for fourth place in the Eastern Conference and first in the Atlantic Division while the Raptors came into the game at 20-39, which puts them in last place in the division.

The Celtics were let through the first half by Brandon Bass, who scored eight points. Rajon Rondo added seven points, as well as eight assists, Kevin Garnett added six and Keyon Dooling came off the bench to chip in four points. The Raptors have struggled shooting tonight, which is apparent with their 23.2 field goal percentage. They were led by Ben Uzoh, who scored six points, DeMar DeRozen, who scored five, and Linas Kleiza, who came off the bench to also add six.



The Celtics are looking to win their fifth game in a row while the Raptors are trying to avoid losing their fifth in a row.

For more on the Celtics, head to Celtics Blog, and for more on the Raptors, head to Raptors HQ. Also, for more game updates, follow SB Nation Boston's StoryStream.

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Celtics Vs. Raptors: Boston Begins Back-To-Back-To-Back On The Road

The Boston Celtics look for their fifth straight win Friday night against the Toronto Raptors.

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Ray Allen Injury Update: Allen Out At Least Two Games, Doc Rivers Says Injury Isn't Serious

Ray Allen did not travel with the Boston Celtics for their game against the Toronto Raptors and is expected to miss at least the following game against the New Jersey Nets, Doc Rivers said on Friday.

It's possible that Allen returns on Monday against the Charlotte Bobcats, but flying down to Charlotte might make less sense than waiting until Wednesday and meeting the team in New York.

The good news for Celtics fans is that Allen's injury, though nagging, is not thought to be severe.

"It's not that serious, it's swelling," Rivers said of Allen's ankle injury. "I'm concerned when anybody's injured. It's not a serious injury, that's what the doctors keep saying, so that makes me feel better about it."

Avery Bradley will continue to start with or without Allen healthy. Mickael Pietrus and Sasha Pavlovic stand to play more minutes due to Allen's absence.

For more Celtics coverage, visit CelticsBlog.

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