Toronto Raptors

Career nights for Kyle Lowry and Chris Boucher not enough as Toronto Raptors fall to Boston Celtics

The Toronto Raptors put up a great fight behind career nights from both Kyle Lowry and Chris Boucher, but the Boston Celtics had too much firepower to let this one slip away.

Lowry's career-high and franchise-record-tying 19 assists complimented Boucher's career-high 30 points and an impressive 22-point outing from Terence Davis, but the Raptors couldn't come up with the stops needed to win.

The Celtics received 27 points from All-Star forward Jayson Tatum and 20 second-half points from All-Star guard Jaylen Brown to get the job done.

For more on this contest, we have you covered with some takes below.

1. Kyle Lowry notches career-high assists, ties franchise record

While Lowry said after the team's loss to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday that he needs to be more aggressive, his playmaking was what kept the Raptors in this contest.

Lowry dished out an impressive 19 assists to set a new career-high, which also tied Jose Calderon and Damon Stoudamire for the most in a game in franchise history.

He would finish the game with a lacklustre 14 points while shooting 5-for-18 from the field and 3-for-11 from 3, but his passing is what kept the wheels turning for Toronto.

2. A tale of two halves for Jaylen Brown

Brown was non-existent in the first half, scoring just one point while shooting 0-for-3 from the field in 13 minutes of playing time. His absence was felt with the Celtics trailing by four points at the break, and Brown knew his team needed more if they were going to come away with the win.

Playing a much more assertive brand of basketball in the second half, Brown did the majority of his damage from the free throw line, getting down hill to attack the rim. He would finish the game with 21 points - 20 of those coming in the second half - to go with seven boards, four assists and one block.

3. Chris Boucher and Terence Davis provide a spark

With the Raptors struggling to get any sort of bench production in Wednesday's loss to the Pistons, acting head coach Sergio Scariolo elected to slide Davis back to the second unit.

The decision helped patch that wound, as Davis and Boucher gave Toronto a major boost off the bench, combining for 52 points.

Boucher was the team's primary source of offence in this one, scoring a career-high 30 points with five 3-pointers.

Davis chipped in an efficient 22 points with four assists and three steals, but the reserve guard left the game in the fourth quarter with a sprained ankle.

Without this bench duo, things may have gotten ugly in this one.

4. Business as usual for Jayson Tatum

It was just another day at the office for the 23-year-old Tatum, who scored a team-high 27 points without seemingly breaking a sweat. He started out the contest red hot with seven quick points in the first frame, but would then go quiet until the second half.

Tatum then poured in 18 points in the second half, including this smooth drive to the rim below and a few textbook fadeaway jumpers to seal the outcome of the game late in the fourth quarter.

He would tally 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals to go with his scoring output, giving Boston a little bit of everything to get the win.

5. Norman Powell starts hot

Powell went off for 36 points in the Raptors loss to the Pistons just a day ago and his hot hand did not cool off prior to this one. He exploded for 21 points in the first half alone, setting the tone on offence for Toronto's shorthanded squad.

He would come back down to Earth in the second half, scoring just four points after halftime to finish with 25 points for the game. It was still a strong showing from Powell, who closed out the first half of the season on a tear with three 20-point games and three 30-point games over his last 10 contests.

6. Quarterback Lowry to wide receiver Davis

For those of you who don't know, Davis was a star wide receiver in high school with multiple Division I offers to play at the high-major level in college. As for Lowry, quarterback seems to be the position that best fits the Raptors floor general.

Davis showed off those wide receiver skills on this play, as quarterback Lowry connected with his backcourt mate on a fullcourt dime for an easy layup.

7. What's next?

The All-Star break! The Raptors will get some much needed time off before their next game, which is scheduled for Thursday, March 11 against the Atlanta Hawks. As for the Celtics, both Tatum and Brown will be headed to Atlanta for the All-Star Game, while the rest of the team gets some rest before taking on the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, March 11.

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