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After defeating the Raptors 93-79 less than a week ago, Boston and Toronto were back at it tonight. The result was the same tonight, as the Celtics earned a dominating 122-102 victory behind an impressive effort from rookie Luke Harangody.

Those who read my posts often know how big a 'Gody fan I am. As a white, undersized forward he shares a special place in my heart, right next to Scal.

The Notre Dame grad netted 17 points on 8-11 shooting from the field and pulled down 11 boards, recording his first career NBA double-double. I firmly believe this is a sign of things to come.

Paul Pierce scored a team-high 20 points while Ray Allen added 17 of his own on 6-8 shooting from the field. Nate Robinson (15), Glen Davis (14), and Shaquille O'Neal (12) all recorded double-digit points as well.

DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points for Toronto, while he and each of the other four Raptors starters logged at least 10 points. Andrea Bargnani and Linas Kleiza each tallied 17 points in the losing effort.

There was little hope for the Raptors in this one, even from the start. Boston scored 34 first quarter points, behind nine from Allen and eight from Harangody. The Celtics increased their 12 point lead to a 22 point one in the 2nd quarter, dropping 33 more in the frame. The 67 1st half points set a season-high for the C's, and at the break Boston was shooting better from the field (65.9%) than deep (60%).
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The Raptors were able to get as close as a dozen, after a Bargnani dunk early in the 4th quarter, but Boston extended it's lead from that point on. Von Wafer scored the Celtics last five points en route to a 122-102 victory.

With the win, Boston's 4th straight, the C's improve to 28-7, while the Raptors drop to 12-24. The Celtics return to action tomorrow night in Chicago, when they take on Derrick Rose and the Bulls. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM ET.

Stephen Bailey 1/07/2011 10:15:00 PM Edit
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12 Responses so far.

  1. Banner 18 says:

    LLUUUUUUKKKEEE!!!!

  2. Karl says:

    Holy crap, that is awesome to hear. Unfortuantely I missed the game but wow. Never thought I'd see Harangody in a title of the recap. Nice!

  3. Haha I couldn't leave him out of it. I was the only person cheering for him at the Spurs game--would not have been the case tonight. There's a reason he tallied 2,000 points and 1,000 boards at ND.

  4. tb727 says:

    Best thing about this game: not having to listen to those Raptors announcers again for the year.

  5. Rex says:

    Rondo is a turnover machine. 6 more tonight. Only guy in the league averaging over 4. His stardom is greatly exaggerated.

  6. Banner 18 says:

    UGGHH tb!!
    I had the Raptors broadcast!! it was terrible!! lmao
    againt,
    LLUUUUUKKKKKEEEEE!!! Hope we see more of this!

  7. You and me both Banner 18. They're awful.

  8. Three Toe says:
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  9. Three Toe says:

    DO NOT TALK SHIT ABOUT MATT DEVLIN, THE PRIDE OF CANADA.

    And Rex, his 4.2 isn't much higher than the almost 20 other players with 3.X TPG, yet he is 4th in TO/AST. Having the league leader in turnovers almost lead the league in ASSIST per turnover means a TON of assists.

    To further prove my point, let's assume that every turnover he makes results in a basket by the other team (which is a ridiculous assumption, especially considering the strong Celtics defense). Consider an assist to be the opposite of this, so effectively a turnover and opponent score is a negative assist. He currently has 14 assists per game, so take away 4 of these negative assists and you still have 10. you do that math with any other player and that number is single digits.

    so you see, even with his turnovers (again, remember turnovers aren't as costly for a team that plays great defense), he provides so many assists, that it doesn't even matter. So if you're trying to incite controversy, go find another blog where people don't understand the game of basketball.

  10. Jenda says:

    Well done Three toe.
    And Stephen, you better count me in for the 'Gody fanbase! I have had great beliefs for that guy ever since he was drafted, and it is well documented. Just prior to this game I was talking about him as a solid shooter who just needs to find his stroke. Here it comes!
    Congrats to him for the first career double-double.

  11. tb727 says:

    I'm sorry Three Toe but Devlin is horrendous. The Raptors have some of the worst announcers in the league (after Cleveland obviously). He announces routine second quarter layups like he's on the toilet struggling to take a shit. He's god-awful.

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