Celtics finish second in East with 97-93 win over Raptors – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (AP) — Malcolm Brogdon scored 29 points and grabbed two late free throws to help the Boston Celtics hold a 97-93 win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

With Milwaukee’s victory over Chicago, Boston (55-25) secured second place in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Jaylen Brown added 25 points and 11 rebounds. Derrick White ended the opener of a two-game streak with 17 points. The teams meet again on Friday in Boston.

A night after their two-point loss in Philadelphia, the Celtics played without three starters. All-Star Jayson Tatum (bruised left hip), Marcus Smart (neck spasms) and Al Horford (back stiffness) were all given the second night off.

The Raptors (40-40) fell a game behind eighth-place Atlanta (41-39) overall. Pascal Siakam had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Scottie Barnes added 18 points and eight rebounds.

Toronto only went 6 of 33 from beyond the arc. Boston didn’t shoot much better (11 of 38).

Siakam scored 14 straight points for Toronto to help the Raptors reduce the 13-point deficit to 74-72 late in the third quarter.

Brogdon scored the last five points of the period to give Boston a seven-point cushion en route to fourth place.

Toronto continued to pull away, using an 8-1 run to level the game at 82 before the Celtics responded with five straight points.

A dunk by Precious Achiuwa put Toronto within 89-86. Boston responded again, this time with a 6-2 sprint to bring it back to six with a minute to go.

Boston was running down the clock, but Brogdon’s turnover resulted in a quick break from the Raptors and a dunk from Achiuwa, who was fouled. He completed the three-point game to make it 95-93 by 12.6 seconds.

Brogdon was fouled on the subsequent inbounds pass and hit both free throws.


Raptors: Went 2 for 18 from the 3-point line in the first half. … Siakam had 12 points in the first quarter but was kept scoreless in the second quarter.

Celtics: Brown was honored with the Red Auerbach Award, presented annually by the franchise to the player who “best exemplifies the spirit and meaning of what it means to be a Boston Celtic.”

(Copyright (c) 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, transcribed or redistributed.)

Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest news straight to your inbox

https://whdh.com/sports/celtics-wrap-up-east-no-2-seed-with-97-93-win-over-raptors/ Celtics finish second in East with 97-93 win over Raptors – Boston News, Weather, Sports

Sarah Y. Kim

InternetCloning is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@internetcloning.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button