The Toronto Raptors got the better of the Boston Celtics tonight as they went on to win 97-89. The Raptors had a balanced attack on offense, with many players getting involved. Rudy Gay and Tyler Hansbrough led the way for the Raptors as they each chipped in with 17 points. Hansbrough also brought down nine rebounds. Demar Derozan had 13 points, while Terrence Ross added 12. Big man Jonas Valanciunas fouled out late in the game, but managed to record a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sure, it's only one game, but the Raptors have to be happy with the all around effort tonight.
Here are a few more notes from the game:
- The Raptors had 25 turnovers on the night, while the Celtics only had 14. The Raptors were very sloppy at times with the ball and will have to clean it up as they move forward.
- The Raptors dominated on the glass as they pulled down 46 rebounds to Boston's 26. With Valanciunas, Hansbrough and Amir Johnson in the front court, the Raptors should win the battle of the boards most nights.
- Point guard Kyle Lowry had a quiet night, but still managed to put together seven points, five assists and five rebounds.
- Shooting the ball at 52.1%, the Raptors were more selective with their shots and didn't force too much. The Celtics didn't fare as well, shooting only 39.8% from the floor.
- The Celtics did however get strong performances from Gerald Wallace, Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger. The three combined to score 42 for the Celtics.
- Canadian Kelly Olynyk saw about 19 minutes of action for the Celtics. He had four points and five assists, to go along with two rebounds. Although he didn't shoot the ball well, Olynyk did a nice job sharing the ball and running the floor.
What really stood out tonight was the play of Terrence Ross. Ross who was a rookie last season, seemed to be much more comfortable out there. He was making smart decisions, including going to the rim instead of settling for long jumpers. He also displayed a strong effort on the defensive end as he finished the game with four steals. Ross will be a big factor for the Raptors going forward. He will need to develop a more consistent effort and continuously provide the team with a spark off the bench.
The Raptors next preseason game is on Wednesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The game will be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, so don't miss your chance to see your Raptors in action.
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