Celtics spoil Raptors’ Christmas party

Agence France-Presse
Celtics spoil Raptors’ Christmas party
Boston snaps an eight-game losing streak in Toronto as the Celtics rip the defending champions in the first NBA Christmas game in Canada

 

 

LOS ANGELES, USA – The NBA holiday extravaganza moved north of the border for the first time but the Boston Celtics spoiled the reigning champion Toronto Raptors’ party with a 118-102 victory on Wednesday, December 25 (Thursday, December 26, Philippine time).

“To get a win here on Christmas is like the perfect present,” said Jaylen Brown, who scored 30 points for the Celtics.

Brown connected on 10-of-13 shots from the field including 5-of-7 three-pointers as the Celtics snapped an eight-game losing streak in Toronto.

The Raptors had blasted out of the gate, racing to a 10-0 lead before the Celtics closed out the 1st quarter on a 28-9 scoring run for a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

 

 

 

Boston improved to 21-7, second in the Eastern Conference, while the Raptors fell to 21-10.

The Celtics’ celebrations included the return of Gordon Hayward, who scored 14 points after missing 3 games with a sore left foot.

Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 27 points and Chris Boucher added a career-high 24 off the bench.

Kyle Lowry scored 14 points and Serge Ibaka had 12 for the Raptors, who made just 8-of-23 attempts from three-point range.

 

 

 

– Rappler.com

 

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