Celtics

Final: Celtics 122, Raptors 100 – Second straight blowout win

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The Raptors were the lone remaining undefeated Eastern Conference team in the bubble entering Friday’s showdown with the Celtics, thanks to the No. 2 defense in the NBA. In a matchup that was a likely preview of the second-round battle in the East, the Celtics put together arguably their best performance of the year. They came out of the game with a 12-2 run and didn’t look back for the better part of 48 minutes, leading by as many as 40 points in the fourth quarter on their way to their second straight blowout win. Jaylen Brown had a team-high 20 points for the Celtics, leading seven different players in double figures what was an incredibly balanced scoring effort for Boston’s regulars. Daniel Theis added a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds and Jayson Tatum added 18 points as the C’s improved to 3-2 in Orlando. Fred Van Vleet had a just 13 points for Toronto as a team-high as the Raptors mustered just 57 points against a relentless C’s defense over the first three quarters before the starters were pulled.

First Half Notes