Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum scored a team-high 25 points and Kemba Walker added 22 points as the C’s fought back from a nine-point second half deficit to escape with a 112-106 win at the Garden. Boston managed to shoot just 38.5 percent from the field but managed to erupt down the stretch, exploding for 36 fourth quarter points to put a feisty Raptors team away. Toronto was led by Pascal Siakam (33 points) and Kyle Lowry (29 points) while shooting 50 percent from 3-point range but offensive rebounds (21) for Boston along with 23 Raptor turnovers helped the C’s stay in the game until their late surge.
Boston improves to 1-1 on the season with a road date against a winless Knick team looming on Saturday night at MSG.
GAME: No. 2 of 82 WHO: Celtics (0-1) vs. Raptors (1-0) WHEN: 7:00 p.m. WHERE: TD Garden RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub TV: ESPN, NBC Sports Boston
PG: Kemba Walker
SG: Jaylen Brown
SF: Jayson Tatum
PF: Gordon Hayward
C: Daniel Theis/Rob Williams
Raptors PG: Kyle Lowry SG: Fred Van Vleet F: Pascal Siakam F: OG Anounby C: Marc Gasol