The Celtics beat the Raptors pretty easily for the second time this week, but they let a monstrous lead evaporate along the way.
The Celtics were up 28 at the start of the fourth and 20 points with 6:04 left, but were outscored 19-4 over the next five minutes.
With Nate Robinson (25 points, five rebounds, two assists) on the floor, they nursed a 4-point lead. Semih Erden’s split free throws with 26.1 seconds left and two pair from Nate Robinson in the final seconds put enough distance to close the game out.
Rajon Rondo dropped 21 points in 21 minutes (12 of 15 from the free throw line. Marquis Daniels scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds filling in for Paul Pierce, who had the night off.
The Celtics play the Knicks tomorrow in Hartford, the wrap up their preseason schedule Wednesday against the Nets at the Garden.
Fourth quarter, 5:40, Celtics 108, Raptors 89: Stephane Lasme’s back in Boston and Von Wafer’s a lot more comfortable. He dropped 14 points on 4 of 5 shooting, nailing three 3s.
Third quarter, 5;10, Celtics 80, Raptors 62: Add Glen Davis to the list. Eric Dalen slapped him with one for talking back. Davis stood in the backcourt in shock. Rajon Rondo waved at him to just get back on defense. Doc Rivers tried to talk to Dalen about it. Dalen said, “I don’t want to talk about it now.”
Third quarter, 7:10, Celtics 79, Raptors 54: With Jermaine O’Neal at the free throw line, the crowd starts screaming “We wan’t Shaq!” Shaq, in his warm-ups and out for the night, gets up like he’s going to get out of the game, then sits back down, grinning. There’s about a second of laughter then boos. They settled for Glen Davis.
Third quarter, 8:43, Celtics 73, Raptors 53: Funny stuff here. There’s a mix-up on who should be shooting free throws. Linas Kleiza was at the line, even though by replays it looked like Reggie Evans was fouled by Marquis Daniels. Meaning to say Evans, Frank yells at a ref, “It should be Kleiza!” Jarrett Jack goes, “That is Kleiza!” There’s a temporary state of confusion. Kevin Garnett, he of the two technical fouls last game against the Knicks, says to no one in particular, “That should be a tech!” The refs go to the tape and determine Kleiza should be at the line.
Third quarter, 11:07, Celtics 64, Raptors 45: Marquis Daniels is having a good night. He’s knocked down a couple 3s (one was a last second-heave). He worked hard for a steal off a Rajon Rondo tip and finished the fast break by drawing the foul and getting to the line (he hit both free throws). He’s got a game-high 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting with six rebounds and three assists.
Second quarter, 7:45, Celtics 42, Raptors 27: Glen Davis sat out Wednesday’s game against the Knicks with knee issues, and even though both he and Doc Rivers said he was fine, he’s wearing tape around his left knee tonight. He’s got five points and a rebound right now.
First quarter: Celtics 29, Raptors 20: The Celtics knocked down three 3s in the last 2:07. One was a 42-footer from Marquis Daniels. He tried as best as he could to look natural after it dropped through.
First quarter, 3:07, Celtics 18, Raptors 14: DeMar DeRozan dunked. I’d describe it but you’ll see it over and over on SportsCenter in the morning. But on the other end Kevin Garnett came down and flushed one two handed off an oop from Rajon Rondo. He’s got 6 points, picking up where he left off before he was ejected in New York Wednesday night.