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Final: Raptors 113, Celtics 101 — Raptors run away with win in crunch time

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The Celtics may still be the favorites in the Eastern Conference but the Raptors let them know on Friday night who their toughest competition in the East. Kawhi Leonard looked like an MVP candidate (31 points, 10 rebounds) and Serge Ibaka added 21 points, helping the hosts close out the game with a 12-2 run to pull away with a 113-101 win.

Kyrie Irving had a team-high 21 points for the visitors, but he couldn't energize a C's offense that went cold down the stretch. Three offensive fouls were called on Boston in the final three minutes, while the Raptors nearly scored every time down the floor to help build the gap. Jaylen Brown sat for Terry Rozier during crunch time as Brad Stevens continued to experiment with late-game lineups.