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Celtics win, 96-73

Posted by Staff  January 18, 2012 07:16 PM

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Final score, Celtics, 96-73 Rajon Rondo finished with 21 points, but did not return to the court after sustaining a right wrist injury late in the third quarter. The Celtics snapped losing streaks of four games at home and five games overall.

2:18, 4th quarter, Celtics, 93-66 The second unit upped the Celtics' advantage as Mickael Pietrus connected on two 3-pointers and Avery Bradley effectively directed the offense.

8:33, 4th quarter, Celtics, 77-57 The Celtics stayed with the Avery Bradley-E'Twaun Moore backcourt as Rondo received treatment in the locker room.

End of 3d quarter, Celtics, 73-55 The Celtics ended the quarter with an Avery Bradley-E'Twaun Moore backcourt. Rajon Rondo (right wrist injury), accompanied by team doctor Brian McKeon, remained in the locker room between quarters.

2:12, 3d quarter, Celtics, 69-49 Rajon Rondo drew a flagrant 1 foul from Linas Kleiza. Rondo went to the basket on a give-and-go with Kevin Garnett and went down in a clash with Kleiza. Trainer Ed Lacerte treated Rondo, who remained on the court under the basket as a timeout was called. Rondo converted a free throw, then was replaced by E'Twaun Moore and went to the locker room.

7:35, 3d quarter, Celtics, 53-41 Rajon Rondo continued to push the pace for the Celtics. The Celtics' defense also found a rhythm, holding the Raptors without a field goal for the opening 4:25 of the second half.

End for first half, Celtics, 44-38 The Celtics scored a season-high 29 points in the opening quarter. But the second unit struggled in the second quarter. Rajon Rondo scored 15 points for the Celtics.

2:49, 2d quarter, Celtics, 40-31 Rajon Rondo missed a layup after converting his first five field goal attempts.

5:45, 2d quarter, Celtics,36-27 The Celtics went to a three-guard setup, extending the lead to 36-23 on a Mickael Pietrus 3-pointer with 6:35 remaining in the half.

8:35, 2d quarter, Celtics, 29-21 The Celtics' Marquis Daniels-E'Twaun Moore backcourt struggled, Toronto capitalizing to score on three transition possessions, leading to a Celtics timeout.

End of 1st quarter, Celtics, 29-14 The Celtics went on a 13-0 run over a 5:54 span to take control.

3:56 1st quarter, Celtics, 19-7 Rajon Rondo's 3-point play extended an 11-0 Celtics run.

First quarter, 5:50, Celtics-Toronto, 14-7: Kevin Garnett scored 6 points in less than five minutes before being replaced by Brandon Bass.

Starting lineups for Celtics-Toronto Raptors:

Celtics: F-Pierce, F-Garnett, C-O'Neal, G-Allen, G-Rondo;
Toronto: F-J. Johnson, F-Davis, C-A. Johnson, G-DeRozan, G-Calderon.

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