For the first time since Jan. 4, the Boston Celtics can say they have a winning record. After fighting stay right at .500 for most of the season, the Celtics moved over the .500 mark on Wednesday night, as they defeated the Toronto Raptors 100-64 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
Paul Pierce led the way for the C's once again, as he scored 17 points while racking up six rebounds and eight assists in 26 minutes on the floor. Pierce led the team in terms of points and assists. With his point total tonight, Pierce is 60 points away from tying Larry Bird for second all-time in scoring for the Celtics with 21,791 points.
Ray Allen and Brandon Bass added 12 points a piece to the effort. Allen was two of three from beyond the arc. Bass led the team on the night with nine rebounds and continued to prove a vital asset, especially with Jermaine O'Neal struggling all night (six points, three rebounds). Kevin Garnett had a relatively quiet night, as he ended up with seven points.
The Celtics also found help on Wednesday night in unexpected places. In place of the injured Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley stepped in and performed very well as he ended up with 11 points from the field. While he is still learning to distribute the ball more (two assists tonight), this was certainly a good sign to see if you're a Celtics fan. In addition to Bradley, JaJuan Johnson, the team's first round pick this year, had a break out game with 11 points of his own off the bench. Fellow rookie E'Twaun Moore also got into the mix with eight points in relief of Bradley.
On the Raptors side of things, Jerryd Bayless was the high point man, as he lead Toronto with 14 points off the bench. Third year player Ed Davis recorded a double-double on the night with 10 points and 12 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan and Aaron Gray each ended up with eight points, the same total they had at the half.
As a whole, the Celtics shot 52% percent from the field and 50% from beyond the three-point line. While the score indicated it, the Raptors struggled, as they shot a miserable 34.2% from the field. With the win, the Celtics improved to 11-10 and appear to be on a bit of a roll. On Friday, they return to action as they host the New York Knicks at the TD Garden at 8:00 p.m. EST.