Raptors rout Celtics 114-90 in season finale
Posted at: 04/17/2013 8:35 PM
By IAN HARRISON
(AP) TORONTO - DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Rudy Gay had 19 points and nine rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors routed the Boston Celtics 114-90 on Wednesday night, finishing their season with five straight wins.
Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 points, Alan Anderson had 16 and Kyle Lowry had nine points and eight assists as the Raptors matched their longest winning streak of the season. Toronto also won five straight from Feb. 8-19.
The Raptors went 30-29 after starting the season 4-19.
Jordan Crawford scored 16 points, Terrence Williams had 12 and Avery Bradley 11 for the playoff-bound Celtics, who wrapped up the regular season by losing sixth of their final nine games.
Wearing a black stripe on their jerseys, the Celtics played for the first time since Monday’s bomb attack near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Players from both teams gathered at midcourt before tip-off to observe a moment of silence.
Neil Diamond’s classic hit "Sweet Caroline," long associated with Boston’s beloved Red Sox, played as the Celtics’ starters were introduced, and a message on stadium scoreboards read, "Tonight we are all Boston fans." In the stands opposite the Toronto bench, three female fans held up a sign that read, "Send Boston Love."
Boston had not played since Saturday night at Orlando. Their Tuesday night home game against Indiana was canceled following the bombings.
Kevin Garnett (left ankle) and Jason Terry (sore leg) did not play for Boston, which is locked into the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference and will meet the New York Knicks in the first round of the playoffs.
Forward Paul Pierce, who missed Monday’s practice due to illness, started for Boston but did not play in the second half. He scored 11 points in 15 minutes, going 5-for-7 from the field.
Gay scored 12 points in the first and Valanciunas added nine, but Crawford banked in a 3 at the buzzer to pull Boston to 31-30 after one quarter.
Anderson score five points as Toronto widened its lead with a 10-0 run early in the second. The Raptors led 59-49 at the half.
Celtics forward Shavlik Randolph left at halftime with a sore lower back. Randolph scored five points in 12 minutes.
Boston’s Jeff Green started the second half with a jumper but the Raptors answered with a 13-0 run, including 3-pointers by Lowry and Amir Johnson, to take a commanding 72-51 lead.
DeRozan scored 15 in the third and Toronto led 96-70 heading into the final quarter.
NOTES: Raptors rookie G Terrence Ross sat out for the third time in four games with a sore left ankle. ... Toronto finished 21-20 at home, its first winning record since the 2009-10 season. ... DeRozan became the first Raptors player to start all 82 games in multiple seasons. He also made 82 starts in 2010-11. ... Gay stood at midcourt to deliver a brief speech before the game, thanking fans for their support and urging them to "Get ready for next year." ... Raptors coach Dwane Casey celebrated his 56th birthday.
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