Following their season-opening loss to the Washington Wizards, the Toronto Raptors hit the road for a one-game trip.
Toronto's opponent? The Boston Celtics.
The Celtics are coming off of a loss themselves. Boston fell to the New York Knicks in its season-opener, losing in a double-overtime thriller. Jaylen Brown stole the show with a career-high 46 points while two-time All-Star Jayson Tatum struggled with 20 points on 7-for-30 shooting from the field.
Follow along below for live updates, scores, stats and highlights as the Raptors look to get their first win of the 2021-22 season.
Raptors vs. Celtics score
Raptors vs. Celtics live updates, highlights
Final - Raptors 115, Celtics 83
9:50 p.m.: Wow. What a performance that was from the Raptors. Toronto outscored Boston 64-36 in the second half to rout the home team.
The player of the night was undoubtedly Scottie Barnes who posted 25 points and 13 rebounds in just his second NBA game. Stay tuned on NBA.com for further thoughts on what was a fun night if you're a Raptors fan!
9:45 p.m.: The fans are heading for the exits in Boston. This one is over and the Raptors are going to pick up their first win of the season. The benches have cleared with 2:18 to play and Toronto leading 105-77.
9:40 p.m.: Trent Jr. finds the trailing Barnes for the lay-up and this one is nearly in the books. Under four minutes left and it's Toronto 97-77.
9:35 p.m.: Scottie Barnes sizzles a no-look dime with the left hand to Boucher under the basket for a jam. Sheesh, Barnes is impressive.
SCOTTIE'S IN HIS BAG pic.twitter.com/bZOZt1gx2c- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 23, 2021
9:32 p.m.: As they have all night, the Raptors have responded to the Boston challenge. Several stops in a row have helped the Raptors steady. They hold the 89-72 edge with seven minutes to play in this one.
9:24 p.m.: The Raptors get a little messy across multiple offensive possessions which allows Boston to put together an 8-0 run. Nick Nurse immediately calls time. Toronto still lead 87-72 with 10:08 to play.
9:22 p.m.: Boucher drills a corner three to get things going in the fourth that opens the lead up to 23. The TD Garden crowd is SILENT.
End of the third - Raptors 84, Celtics 64
9:18 p.m.: Do you guys remember that 7-0 Boston run a few minutes ago? Me either.
Toronto close the third on a 24-6 run and now lead by 20 points heading to the fourth quarter. Barnes is continuing his massive night and leads the Raptors with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
9:13 p.m.: Ok, these guys are having fun now. VanVleet drills and three and smiles at Robert Williams who laughs back. The Raptors can break this game open right now, they lead 76-61 as Trent Jr. drills another three. This is awesome basketball from Toronto.
Tween, in an out burger, kick, SPLIKAK @FredVanVleet @famouslos32 pic.twitter.com/CuiCL2XbDz- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 23, 2021
9:07 p.m.: What's that saying about basketball being a game of runs?
Anyway, the Raptors have responded with an 8-0 run of their own and now Boston need a timeout. It's 68-58 in favour of the Raptors with 4:55 to play in the third. Achiuwa is causing problems on both ends and has already registered a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
9:04 p.m.: Perhaps the technical foul snapped the Celtics back into action. They are in the middle of a 7-0 run and have closed to 60-58 with 6:40 to play in the third.
8:57 p.m: Barnes drills a straightaway jumper and indicates for the Celtics bench to "shhh" and on the next possession Tatum picks up a technical foul after slamming the ball on a moving screen offensive foul call. Fred VanVleet knocks down the free-throw and the crowd is NOT happy. Raptors lead 60-51.
Hey Siri, play "Pipe Down" by Drake 🤫 pic.twitter.com/ilC7WpOZbV- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 23, 2021
8:55 p.m.: It's been a solid start to the second half with the defence once again providing transition opportunities. Gary Trent Jr. scores at the rim and it's 55-49 with 9:39 to play in the third.
Halftime - Raptors, 51, Celtics 47
8:39 p.m.: Tatum knocks down a floater with 1.6 seconds left to close the deficit to four points heading into halftime. The young Raptors have impressed on the road so far, with Scottie Barnes leading all scores with 15 points and seven rebounds. OG Anunoby has 12 points, four rebounds and two assists, while Precious Achiuwa has six points and nine boards.
A massive factor in the game so far is the turnover battle, with the Raptors only giving the ball away three times to the Celtics 12.
8:35 p.m.: Barnes adds to his total at the free-throw line. He's now up to 15 points with 1:25 to play until halftime. What a performance so far in his second NBA game.
8:27 p.m.: Dennis Schroder throws the lob to Robert Williams III who finishes with a jam to finally bring the Celtics fans unglued. Nick Nurse calls time with 3:18 remaining and Toronto still leading 41-35. Barnes leads the Raptors with 11 points, while Jayson Tatum has 10 for the Celtics.
Nicely done pic.twitter.com/0OzsRAs3Dc- Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 23, 2021
8:22 p.m.: Toronto have now rattled off a 25-8 run and lead 37-28 with 6:00 to play in the first half. This defence is flying around all over the place right now.
Got 'eeem- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 23, 2021
- @FredVanVleet pic.twitter.com/XIOdFFiCkP
8:19 p.m.: The Raps are rolling now. Back-to-back buckets after turnovers has given them their first lead of the night at 29-25. Scottie Barnes has nine points and six rebounds already. The home Boston crowd is getting restless.
8:15 p.m.: It's a grind right now for the Raptors, but they have this game locked up at 25-25 with 9:38 left in the second quarter. Toronto are just 10-for-39 (25.6 percent) from the floor and 3-for-13 (23.1 percent) from long range.
End of the first - Raptors 23, Celtics 23
8:08 p.m.: Dragic again! The Raps tie it up at 23 after one.
8:03 p.m.: Goran from long range! Raps close to 20-15 with 2:36 left in the first.
The vet going to work 🐉 pic.twitter.com/4tyaKOZdHG- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 23, 2021
7:55 p.m.: Tatum is causing problems early for Toronto. He has nine points and the Celtics lead 14-10.
Oh my, @PreciousAchiuwa 👀 pic.twitter.com/G9gx3iV8IG- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 22, 2021
7:49 p.m.: Scottie Barnes knocks down his first NBA triple to square things up at 6-6.
7:45 p.m.: We have tipped in Boston!
10:37 p.m.: Just a couple of minutes away from tip here. Tatum vs. Barnes, Brown vs. Anunoby...some fun matchups out on the floor tonight for the young Raptors!
6:57 p.m.: Al Horford returns to the lineup for Boston and will start.
Al Horford is back and in the starting lineup tonight, per Coach Udoka.- Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 22, 2021
6:56 p.m.: The Raptors starting group.
Tonight's @Invisalign starting lineup. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/hJXKQuoD69- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 22, 2021
What channel is Raptors vs. Celtics on?
- TV channel: SN One (Canada); NBA League Pass, NBC Sports Boston (USA)
- Radio: TSN 1050
What time does Raptors vs. Celtics start?
- Date: Friday, Oct. 22
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET | 4:30 p.m. PT
Raptors vs. Celtics is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 20. The game will be played at TD Garden in Boston, MA.
|Team||Player Name||Current Status||Reason|
|Toronto Raptors||Yuta Watanabe||Out||Injury/Illness - Left Calf; Strain|
|Pascal Siakam||Out||Injury/Illness - Left Shoulder; Surgery - recovery|
|Boston Celtics||Josh Richardson||Out||Injury/Illness - Migraine|
|Al Horford||Out||Injury/Illness - Health and Safety protocols|
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