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Jared Sullinger threes help Celtics hang in against Raptors

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Throughout the season, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has urged Jared Sullinger to take more 3-pointers, an ongoing experiment designed to add a new wrinkle to the 6-foot-9-inch forward’s offensive game.

It’s an experiment that has yielded mixed results, some of which haven’t been so appealing.

Before the Celtics’ 99-90 loss to the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night at TD Garden, Sullinger was 6 of 32 from 3-point range this month.

But Sullinger’s confidence never wavered, and he showed how beneficial the deep shot could be to expanding his game.

The Celtics trailed, 84-75, when Sullinger sank three consecutive 3-pointers. It anchored his 19-point outburst in the fourth quarter, as he tried his best to pull the Celtics out of what seemed like an inescapable hole.

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