It came down to the wire and when things got really hot, the Celtics couldn't respond. Despite leading by eight points after the first quarter, the Celtics couldn't hang on to the lead and let Toronto back in the game, while committing lots of personal fouls and making bad decisions offensively.

A 10-0 fourth quarter run got them back in the game but, in the end, Toronto held on to the lead. Paul Pierce had a chance to win the game for Boston with 2.7 seconds on the game clock but his mid-range jumper rattled in and out as the final buzzer sounded. The Celtics were clearly missing Rajon Rondo (who sat out the game with a hamstring injury) as the offense did not seem to flow the way it usually does with Rondo distributing the rock.

Not even a big game from Nate Robinson, who started in place of Rondo and scored 22 points to lead the C's, could prevent an ugly loss. Toronto just seemed to want it more and in the end, they probably deserved it more, too. Paul Pierce added 19 points for Boston, while Andrea Bargnani lead the Raptors with 29 points and Amir Johnson added 17 (while going 9-9 from the FT line) off the bench.

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  1. JR says:

    Wack loss, but nice to see your post ACF. Not sure if you do Thanksgiving in Denmark. I'm going to take a wild guess and say no. lol. But happy holidays just the same.

  2. ACF says:

    Yeah, really ugly loss. It's funny because I love these early games but we tend to lose them.

    Nope, we don't do Thanksgiving here. Just every other American tradition LOL :) But I hope all of you enjoy just the same.

  3. Jenda says:

    I don't think anyone does except for USA and Canada. And even those two can't settle on a date. lol
    Good article.

  4. FTolone says:

    Same crap as last friday. Too many missed FTs by players who dont usually miss as much (Allen, Pierce, Robinson, West). Shaq not feeling it offensively. Not a single 3 pointer in 20 minutes. Tons of and-one fouls throughout the first 3 quarters.
    Still, we manage to make a comeback, get 4 points ahead with a minute left, and somehow manage to screw it up against a team that cant ever dream about making the playoffs.
    This is a really tough loss.

  5. Bohemian says:

    No ball movement, no rebounds, no D, lack of...guts!. The team played half asleep or ...How many layups did we miss? How many open shots? We didn't deserve to win this one and when it looked as if we would get it at the end, then Ray loses the ball inexplicably. Were they drunk or something? I don't get it

    It's only one game, but it wasn't Celtics basketball.

    Without Rondo we've lost 2 games. I guess it's clear that we depend on him to play decent basketball

  6. tb727 says:

    What a disastrous game.

  7. tb727 says:

    I like how Andrea The Sieve Bargnani was not on the last play defensively. No surprise there lol. He blows.

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  10. RoswellSounds says:

    I´m amazed with the lack of energy and the problems during the execution of offensive plays coming from the C´s. The picks and the moving without the ball are looking really sloppy.
    Time to stand up against Atlanta, guys! Come on, we can´t lose against a guy like Pachulia...

  11. Anonymous says:

    I agree that the whole team played very lackluster... but they pulled it together in the end and should have walked away with the win. You had to be blind to miss the foul on Ray with less than 24 seconds left in the game, the reacharound didn't get within 2 feet of the ball. That should have put Ray on the line to put the game out of reach (and I know Ray missed two earlier but he was NOT going to miss again). It was simply a horrible missed call, not a case of home court advantage or letting them play down the stretch... just a really bad non-call, the C's deserved the win in spite of the terrible officiating thoughout the whole game.

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