DeRozan scores 41 as Raptors top Celtics
(The Sports Xchange) - DeMar DeRozan led the way with a 41 points as the Toronto Raptors avoided a third straight loss, defeating the Boston Celtics 114-106 on Tuesday.
The Raptors (25-13) closed out the fourth quarter on a 19-4 run to pick up their third consecutive home victory over Boston. The Celtics (23-15) saw their four-game winning streak end.
Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas added a career-high 23 rebounds and 18 points. Kyle Lowry chipped in with 24 points, nine assists and four rebounds in the win.
DeRozan also stepped up and collected 13 rebounds, including 11 defensive boards.
"He's a tough kid," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "More than anything else, the 41 points is nice, but 13 rebounds, the 11 defensive rebounds when we needed it.
"DeMar came in and got some big rebounds, tough rebounds, so that was impressive. That was more of a sign of grit and grind as much as the 41 points."
Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 27 points and seven assists. Guard Marcus Smart contributed 16 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals.
Gerald Green and Al Horford added 14 points apiece for Boston, and Kelly Olynyk chipped in with 13 points.
"You have to give (Boston) a lot of credit," said DeRozan, who shot 16 of 29 from the floor and 8 of 9 from the foul line. Continued...