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BSJ Game Report: Raptors 113, Celtics 101 – Kawhi looks like MVP material in win

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Everything you need to know about the Raptors’ 113-101 win over the Celtics in quickie form.

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Kawhi and his supporting cast put on a show: The Raptors' faithful showered MVP chants on their new addition in just his second game in Toronto and that was for good reason. Kawhi Leonard posted a game-high 31 points and 10 rebounds over 36 minutes, keying an explosive Raptors offense over the final three quarters that managed to put up 95 points against an elite Celtics defense. Serge Ibaka chipped in with 21 points from the center spot while Kyle Lowry (15 points, 6 assists) helped fuel a late 11-2 run that helped the hosts run away with a win in the closing minutes after being engaged in a back-and-forth affair for the better part of 48 minutes. Kyrie Irving had a team-high 21 points in the setback for the C’s.

Struggles up north continue for Boston: The Celtics dropped their seventh-straight game in Toronto and have now lost 12 of their last 14 north of the border. This was a far more competitive affair than last year’s battles (the Celtics lost by an average of 18 points) but it was a reminder for the C’s just how crucial homecourt advantage will be against this Raptors squad during the postseason. The race is on for the No. 1 spot in the East and losses like this should keep the C's motivated to keep it within their grasp all year long.  

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