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Shorthanded Raptors fight hard, but come up short in 132-125 loss to Celtics

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Kyle Lowry had a career high 19 assists, Chris Boucher had a career high 30 points and Terence Davis scored a season high 22 as the Raptors put up a fight against Boston but lost their second in a row, 132-125.

Toronto finishes their first half of the season with a 17-19 record, and will look forward to the upcoming all-star break and a chance to get healthy during the week off.

After struggling last night, the Raptors got some offensive production, but were once again plagued by their defence. Without three of their top five scorers and much of Coach Nick Nurse’s staff, Toronto scored 125 points, shot 49.5% from the field and got production from their bench with 55 points. Boucher and Davis combined to score 52 points while shooting 19-29.

Kyle Lowry had a double-double, dishing out 19 dimes and scoring 14 points, but the team ran out of gas, confirming their struggles on the second night of back-to-back games this season.

The Raptors led 70-66 at halftime but were outscored by 13 in the third quarter where Boston took hold. The Celtics had a balanced offensive attack shooting an impressive 60.8% as a team. While the Raptors cut it to within three points in the fourth, they were not able to get stops down the stretch, as was the problem all night.

Boston had eight of their players score over 10 points, the same amount of players who suited up for the Raptors tonight. Both Jayson Tatum and Jalen Brown scored over 20 points, as the Celtics head into the break with their fourth straight win. Boston has also won four in a row against the Raptors dating back to game 7 of the NBA playoff bubble last fall.

With Sergio Scariolo in his third game as head coach, and without Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby (among others), the Raptors should be proud of their performance tonight.

The team currently sits at eighth in the Eastern Conference. After a worrying 2-8 start to the season, the Raptors went 15-11 and continue to show their resiliency. With a much needed break ahead, the next matchup for Toronto comes next Thursday at 7:30 PM EST against Atlanta.

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