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The Raptors finished their six game road trip with a 4-2 record, following a 120-106 loss to the Boston Celtics tonight.
While holding Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to a combined 29 points, the Raptors were never able to grab the lead and will drop to 12-14 on the season.
DeAndre’ Bembry and Terence Davis saw increased playing time again after OG Anunoby was ruled out for his ninth straight game and Yuta Watanabe missed his second in a row.
Toronto got off to a slow start, being down 17-6 early in the first quarter. The Raptors, who are one of the top teams in the league beyond the arc (averaging 16.1 three-pointers a game) had an off night from distance, only hitting nine of the team’s 28 three point shots.
Fourth-year player, Semi Ojeleye had himself a night, scoring a career high 24 points. Ojeleye shot 66.7% from the field and hit a game high six three pointers. Kemba Walker also had 21 points, matching his total from the past two games combined. Payton Pritchard had a 20-point night, his second of the season, with the first also coming against the Raptors.
The Raptors fought hard, bringing it within five points in the fourth quarter, however they were not able to complete the comeback. The Celtics made 20 three pointers and shot 51.3% as a team from beyond the arc which proved to be the deciding factor. Boston was also able to out-rebound Toronto by 17 boards, helped by Daniel Theis, who was a strong force at centre, recording a game high four blocks.
After tonight’s game, Toronto ends a busy stretch, and will look forward to returning home to Florida on Sunday.
The Raptors currently sit at sixth place in a packed Eastern Conference and will look to get back on a winning note this Sunday, against Minnesota.