The Toronto Raptors started their season off on the right track Wednesday night as they defeated the Boston Celtics 93-87. It wasn't the strongest performance, but the Raptors did enough to win. The Raptors were up by 16 in the third quarter, but allowed the Celtics to climb back and take the lead. This team will need to learn how to bury teams and pull away, instead of allowing them to come back. Rudy Gay led the way for the Raptors with 19 points, while Celtics forward Jeff Green led all scorers with 25 points.
Here are some more notes from the game:
- The Raptors' starting five put forth a solid game. Along with Gay scoring 19, DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson scored 13, while Kyle Lowry added 11.
- The Raptors out-rebounded the Celtics 48-33. Out of those 48 rebounds for the Raptors, 19 came on the offensive glass. Jonas Valanciunas had 11 rebounds, while Tyler Hansbrough addded 12 off the bench.
- One thing that will need to get better is the free throw shooting. The Raptors went a miserable 12-23 from the line. The Celtics were a bit better, going 20-29.
- Celtics forward Brandon Bass had 17 points on 6-7 shooting.
- Canadian-born Kelly Olynyk made his NBA debut for the Celtics tonight. Olynyk came off the bench and finished with four points on 2-5 shooting.
The Raptors will now head to Atlanta where they will take on the Hawks this Friday. That game will start at 7:30 pm ET.
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