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After losing consecutive games to the Pistons and Hornets, the Boston Celtics bounced back tonight, knocking off the Raptors 93-79.

Paul Pierce led the way with 30 points on 10-15 shooting from the field. The Captain made all three of his attempts from downtown, pulled down seven boards, and handed out four dimes to boot. 

Ray Allen contributed with 23 points and converted on 10-18 attempts as he and Pierce combined for nearly 57% of Boston's scoring in KG's absence. 

Glen Davis provided his best performance in recent memory scoring 15 points, while pulling down 11 boards and notching eight assists. Yes, you read that correctly. His previous career high was only four dimes and he had accomplished that twice (thanks to Chris Forsberg for the stat).

Rajon Rondo looked rusty in his return. After missing seven games, the C's point guard turned the ball over four times. He did, however, make all of those before the 4th quarter. Rondo scored four points and tallied eight assists. 

DeMar DeRozan scored a team-high 27 points for Toronto, but only  connected on 11-25 attempts. Joey Dorsey and Amir Johnson each recorded double-doubles down low, but the perimeter players didn't show up for the Raps. As a team they shot 37.8% from the field and made only one of their three-point attempts. Toronto also shot an embarrassing 45.5% from the foul line.

Though Boston only led by one at the half, the Celtics opened up their advantage in the 2nd half. Pierce and Allen were making shots left and right, and Glen Davis joined in on the action knocking down jumpers. The C's extended their nine point edge going into the final frame to a 14 point one mostly thanks to a 7-0 run with a handful of minutes left in regulation. 

Pierce threw down a pair of tomahawk jams to put the icing on the cake--the 2nd of which left him limping off the court--and Boston finished ahead 93-79. 

With the win, the Celts improve to 25-7, while Toronto falls to 11-22. The Raptors will have a chance for revenge very soon, however, as the two teams face each other again Friday in Boston. The C's play again tomorrow night, when the T-Wolves visit Beantown. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM ET.

Stephen Bailey 1/02/2011 08:52:00 PM Edit
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  1. tb727 says:

    Calderon is such a defensive sieve. He's just an awful basketball player. He must have constant nightmare about Rondo. Good thing for Jose that Rondo was rusty, so he didn't completely dominate him like he usually does. I'm sure by Friday he will.

    Demar Derozan with the game of his life. He's still garbage. I like how Shaq just decided he was gonna exert himself a little more and began blocking his shots lol.

    Monster game from Pierce and terrific games from Ray and Glen Davis. Jermaine was better today too. How does Marquis only get 11 minutes after his performance last game? Don't the Celtics have enough games to play this week?

  2. Anonymous says:

    that was the second time that they lost two in a row.

  3. Agreed TB, Shaq really turned it on in the 4th.

    Good catch Anonymous. Thanks for the heads up.

  4. Rondo!! says:

    I have a feeling that Quis will have a big game tomorrow vs T'Wolves.
    And Rondo will be 'another game' better - that meaning he will have more of a feel of his game since he is ACTUALLY on court/in game now, and he'll be back at the Garden!-thats always a good thing.

  5. EvZilla says:

    Did you notice the confidence level of everyone with Rondo back on the floor? Hopefully we can get KG, Perk and then Delonte (in that order) back and by mar-apr we'll be a juggernaut once again. I love that Paul took the challenge of the upstart Derozan and showed him what ACTUAL superstars do for their team(s).

  6. Rondo!! says:

    @EvZilla
    I think Delonte will be back before Perk. He is scheduled to be back this month or early next month. Perk is set to return after All Star Break.

  7. Three Toe says:

    Quis just gets no respect! Damn! But can't argue with the outcome. Also, Derozan looks like Eddie Griffin. Undercover brother must have shown up and replaced him, the only way that fool is scoring 20+ on the C's.

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