The shorthanded Toronto Raptors put up a good fight, but they didn't have enough firepower to come up with a win over the Boston Celtics.
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Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics: Live score updates, news, stats and highlights
Final: Boston Celtics 132, Toronto Raptors 125
Kyle Lowry's career-high and franchise-record-tying 19 assists had the Raptors offence clicking, but they couldn't come up with the stops needed to defeat the Celtics. Jayson Tatum led the way with 27 points and 12 rebounds, while Jaylen Brown's 20 second-half points proved to be all that was needed to decide the outcome. Toronto's bench tandem of Chris Boucher and Terence Davis did all they could to keep their team in the game, going for 30 and 22 points, respectively, in a losing effort.
See you after the break. pic.twitter.com/oUQiF5QHLp- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 5, 2021
And there it is! Kyle Lowry now has 18 assists to tie his career-high, but it sets a new career-high as a Raptor. Toronto still trails 125-119 with under two minutes to play.
18 DIMES FOR KL👁️W pic.twitter.com/2Kj20JEHj9- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 5, 2021
The Raptors are trying to claw their way back into this one, trailing the Celtics 121-112 with 3:54 to play in the game. Kyle Lowry is putting on a passing clinic in this one with 17 assists, just one shy of tying his career-high. Terence Davis and Chris Boucher have 22 points apiece off the bench, but Norman Powell has cooled off with just four points in the second half.
For the Celtics, Jaylen Brown has finally gotten going after a quiet first half, scoring 16 points in the second half. Grant Williams has been the biggest suprise, going for a season-high 17 points off the bench for Boston.
End of third quarter: Celtics 101, Raptors 92
The Celtics turned the game on its head in the third quarter, outscoring the Raptors 35-22 in the frame. Jayson Tatum started to heat up again, scoring 11 points in the quarter after going quiet following a hot first quarter.
0️⃣ to 💯 real quick pic.twitter.com/bnrfo32dNm- Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 5, 2021
It has been all Celtics to start the second half, outscoring the Raptors 23-14 so far in the third quarter to take an 89-84 lead with 3:25 remaining . Jaylen Brown was ice cold in the first half, only scoring one point, but has since scored nine points in the third quarter to spark the Celtics' run.
full court + the finish pic.twitter.com/6HJxss2bpS- Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 5, 2021
Halftime: Raptors 70, Celtics 66
The Raptors lead the Celtics by four at the half behind 21 points from Norman Powell, who has not cooled off from last night's performance. Chris Boucher (16 points) and Terence Davis (13 points) have packed a punch off the bench, while Kyle Lowry's nine assists have kept the wheels turning on offence.
For the Celtics, Jayson Tatum scored seven quick points in the first quarter but has only scored two points since. All-Star teammate Jaylen Brown has been extremely quiet, scoring one single point in the first half. Kemba Walker's 15 points has kept Boston afloat.
Got a good one at the half. pic.twitter.com/EaL00rbKUc- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 5, 2021
A sweet sequence from Celtics centre Robert Williams. Comes up with the block, runs the floor and finishes the alley-oop.
ROBBBBBB!!!!! pic.twitter.com/Col54Bd92d- Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 5, 2021
It's the Norman Powell and Chris Boucher show in Boston. The Raptors lead 59-52 with 4:06 to play in the half behind 17 points from Powell and 15 points from Boucher. Kyle Lowry is orchastrating things on the offensive end with seven assists. Kemba Walker is starting to heat up for the Celtics with nine points on three 3s.
The man is gettin' BUCKETS https://t.co/S5CbBf1ssD pic.twitter.com/Hnm9qoiV3o- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 5, 2021
End of first quarter: Raptors 34, Celtics 31
Eight points apiece from Norman Powell and Chris Boucher have the Raptors up by three heading into the second quarter. Aron Baynes has also provided strong minutes with seven points and five rebounds, going 1-for-1 from 3. For the Celtics, Jayson Tatum is doing a little bit of everything with seven points, three rebounds and two assists.
SlimmDuck: Never shy pic.twitter.com/C3GRSqFri5- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 5, 2021
Terence Davis gets a sweet stepback jumper to go! The Raptors lead 27-23 with 2:50 left in the first frame.
Terence Davis drills the step-back three for the @Raptors!- NBA Canada (@NBACanada) March 5, 2021
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The Raptors are bringing the energy to get things started in Boston, but the Celtics lead 18-16 with 6:26 to play in the quarter. Jayson Tatum has the hot hand early with seven points converting each of his first two shot attempts. Norman Powell has picked up right where he left off last night with five quick points for the Raptors.
in there 🏀 pic.twitter.com/fh0zz6PVlR- Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 5, 2021
The Raptors will go with Kyle Lowry, Norman Powell, DeAndre' Bembry, Stanley Johnson and Aron Baynes as the starting five.
Tonight's @Invisalign starting lineup. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/uql24XW3IV- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 4, 2021
The Celtics will start Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis and Tristan Thompson.
Tonight's starters ⤵ pic.twitter.com/nUjZCt6sNE- Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 4, 2021
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