Kyrie closes out the Raptors (again): Two months after putting together a season-high, 43-point masterpiece against the Raptors, Kyrie Irving put on another show at the TD Garden against the NBA’s best team. He posted 27 points and a career-high 18 assists, helping the hosts rally from a four-point deficit with four minutes remaining, closing the game with a 17-4 run to pull away with a much-needed 117-108 win. Kawhi Leonard had a game-high 33 points but went cold down the stretch as Irving and Al Horford (season-high 24 points) helped the Celtics stop a three-game losing streak back at the Garden. The Raptors had their five-game winning streak snapped as the C’s pulled within six games of the No. 1 seed in the East after the win.
Baynes provides a big boost in return: The veteran center hit the ground running in his return after a four-game absence, providing