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FInal: Celtics 112, Raptors 88

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  March 13, 2013 07:46 PM

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Final: Celtics 112-88: An easy victory after things got tense in the second half as Toronto cut the deficit to 60-56. Jeff Green sparked a 21-6 run that decided the game. He finished with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Jason Terry added 12 points and seven assists while Paul added 15 points

Fourth quarter, 5:28, Celtics 96-72: Celtics easing into a victory as they will snap a two-game losing streak as five players have scored in double figures, including Jeff Green with 16 and Jordan Crawford with 12.

Fourth quarter, 8:54, Celtics 87-64: This game turned from suspenseful to clunker in mere minutes. The Celtics are about to clear the bench and go into a two-day break with a solid victory. Jordan Crawford has 10 points in 14 minutes while Paul Pierce has 15 in 25 minutes in his return. DeMar DeRozan has 17 for Toronto, which has dipped to 39 percent shooting.

End of third quarter, Celtics 81-62: A 20-6 run in the last 6:04 of the quarter may have sealed this one. Boy Doc Rivers certainly would like to give Kevin Garnett the rest of the night off. He's only played 19 minutes. Meanwhile former Celtic Sebastian Telfair was ejected for arguing with officials. He's played just 15 minutes.

Third quarter, 1:10, Celtics 76-62: The Celtics are trying to create some distance with a late run, including Jason Terry's second 3-pointer as the Celtics are shooting 50 percent and have 15 points from Paul Pierce and 7 points and four rebounds from Chris Wilcox.

Third quarter, 5:33, Celtics 62-56: The Celtics scored the first 4 points of the quarter to go up 13 but then allowed a 9-0 Raptors run and now the two teams are trading baskets. The Celtics have managed to induce the Raptors to reaching the foul limit and Paul Pierce just converted two free throws after the timeout. Jeff Green leads the Celtics with 12 points while Paul Pierce has 11 and Kevin Garnett 10. DeMar DeRozan has 13 for Toronto while Rudy Gay has 11.

Pierce just passed Charles Barkley for 20th on the all-time scoring list.

Halftime, Celtics 49-40: The Celtics end the quarter on a 8-2 run as Jeff Green is taking over with the dribble drive, leading all scorers with 12 points, including 4 in the final run. The Celtics were 11-for-19 shooting in the quarter while Green scored all of his point. The Raptors were 6-for-17 in the quarter and did not score a field goal for the final 2:54.

Second quarter, 1:45, Celtics 41-38: Celtics are playing flat again as Toronto continues to hang around. The Celtics have eight turnovers while Avery Bradley has yet to score. Jeff Green leads the Celtics with 8 points. Rudy Gay has 9 for Toronto.

Second quarter, 6:20, Celtics 37-30: The Celtics seemed to have fed off Kevin Garnett passing Jerry West for 15th on the all-time scoring list. They are on a 16-6 run and Garnett just threw down a one-handed hammer dunk off a pick-and-roll as they are beginning to find offensive cohesion. Garnett and Courtney Lee each have 6 points.

Second quarter, 8:58, Celtics 26-24: The Celtics are playing as if they are still hung over from Tuesday's loss at Charlotte. They are shooting 43.5 percent with seven turnovers, good for 8 Toronto points. The Raptors have committed six turnovers but the Celtics have yet to score off those miscues. Rudy Gay and Amir Johnson have combined for 13 points for Toronto. Brandon Bass has 5 points for the Celtics, Kevin Garnett just passed Jerry West for 15th all time on the scoring list with his second-quarter bucket.

End of first quarter, Raptors 22-21: Celtics get outscored 10-3 to end the quarter as they scored 3 points in the final 3-plus minutes of the quarter. The Celtics also have six turnovers while Avery Bradley is 0-for-3 shooting. Jason Terry is beating beaten consistently on defense and picked up a technical for knocking the ball into the stands after not getting a foul call late in period.

First quarter, 5:23, Celtics 14-9: A strange game so far with both teams turning the ball over so there is no real flow. Brandon Bass scored the first 5 points for the Celtics while Courtney Lee has 4. The Raptors are 4-for-10 shooting.

First quarter, 7:00, Celtics 12-9: The Celtics are getting to the free throw line -- four attempts already -- and are going to the baskets but the Raptors are scoring from the perimeter. Rudy Gay has 4 points for the Raptors.

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