Final, Raptors 102-101: Paul Pierce gets a good look from 18 feet but misses and the Celtics blow one in Canada. They were ahead 101-98 with 22.3 left but allowed a layup to Sonny Weems and Ray Allen had the ball knocked away by Leandro Barbosa while dribbling. In all the fracas, Amir Johnson grabbed the ball and was fouled. Officials called it a shooting foul although it looked as if he was just trying to grab the ball. A brutal loss for the Celtics and the certainly will have something to say about the officiating.
Fourth quarter, 2.7, Celtics Raptors 102-101: Nightmare scenario for Celtics. Sonny Weems gets a quick layup and then Leandro Barbosa knocks the ball away from Ray Allen, Amir Johnson gets a foul call in the chaos and hits two free throws. Celtics ball.
Fourth quarter, 21.3, Celtics 101-98: Celtics ruin the chance for a two-for-1 but get the ball to Glen Davis who hits two free throws. Toronto ball.
Fourth quarter, 42.0, Celtics 99-98: Boston isn’t finishing this one off. A 24-second clock violation on its last possession, but it got a stop and now has the ball.
Fourth quarter, 2:29, Celtics 98-96: Celtics make an improbable 17-1 run to take a 4-point lead before Amir Johnson ends the rally with a layup. Paul Pierce is going to the free throw line and the key this quarter is the Celtics have avoided fouling. Raptors have scored two points in the last five minutes.
Fourth quarter, 4:11, Tied at 94: Celtics go on a 13-1 over five minutes and tie it on a Ray Allen 3-pointer. But do they have enough to pass the Raptors? The Celtics still have a foul to give.
Fourth quarter, 5:46, Raptors 94-87: Celtics are trying to mount a rally but Paul Pierce and Nate Robinson just missed open 3-pointers that would have made this very interesting. The Raptors have the ball and are trying to hang on. The Celtics will shoot free throws the rest of the way. Shaquille O’Neal has fouled out with eight points and five rebounds.
Fourth quarter, 9:31, Raptors 90-79: The Celtics are losing steam and allowing Andrea Bargnani to put on a clinic. He has 29 points and his jumper just extended the lead and put the Celtics in desperation mode. Toronto has attempted 35 free throws and has outrebounded the Celtics 36-26. Not a matter of talent but execution today.
End of third quarter, Raptors 82-75: Celtics get outscored 11-3 in the last 3:35 of the quarter and will have to rally to get this win. The Raptors attempted 11 free throws in the quarter, which offset a 5-for-15 shooting quarter. Andrea Bargnani has 23 points while Reggie Evans has nine points and 14 rebounds for Toronto.
Third quarter, 2:45, Raptors 75-72: Celtics are playing good defense but are fouling way too much. Raptors are 3-for-12 from the field in the quarter but have hit eight free throws. The Celtics are missing easy shots, just one of those subpar shooting days.
Third quarter, 5:25, Raptors 69-68: Celtics are blowing chances to take a lead with shaky free throw shooting and too many fouls. Three players — Erden Pierce and Shaq — while Glen Davis has three. Nate Robinson has 22 points but this game will be won with defense.
Third quarter, 7:42, Raptors 65-64: Celtics are playing better defense in the third but they need to stop Sonny Weems, who has 12 points, while Reggie Evans has 13 rebounds in 21 minutes.
FG% BOS 52.3 TOR 53.7
3PT% BOS 42.9 (3-7) TOR 33.3 (2-6)
FT% BOS 69.2 (9-13) TOR 68.2 (15-22)
High scorer: BOS Robinson 18, TOR Bargnani 18
Halftime, Raptors 61-58: Celtics took it on the chin in the second quarter and Toronto ended the half on a 45-32 run as Andrea Bargnani scored 18 points and Sonny Weems added 10. A terrible defensive half for the Celtics, who allowed 38 second-quarter points. Nate Robinson has 18 for the Celtics, 16 in the first quarter.
Second quarter, 2:57, Celtics 49-48: Celtics have no answer for the athleticism of Sonny Weems, who is driving to the basket for dunks at will. Nate Robinson scored 16 first-quarter points but has zero on zero shots in the second. The Raptors have attempted 18 free throws to the Celtics’ 5.
Second quarter, 5:59, Raptors 43-42: And just like that, the Celtics have lost the lead. Amir Johnson and Andrea Bargnani have combined for 20 points as the Raptors are outworking the Celtics under the boards. The Celtics are always out of fouls, having been called for 11 in the game compared to five for Toronto.
Second quarter, 8:51, Celtics 36-33: Sonny Weems is again burning the Celtics with his athleticism and they also have no answer for Andrea Bargnani, who has nine points. The Raptors are outhustling the Celtics under the boards and have scraped themselves back into this game.
End of first quarter, Celtics 31-23: Celtics shot 52 percent in the perion and Nate Robinson scored 16 points but they are only up eight on the Raptors. Toronto is shooting 50 percent and seven Raptors have already scored. This remains a dangerous game.
First quarter, 2:10, Celtics 26-16: Nate Robinson already has 11 points against Jose Calderon’s defense while Ray Allen has seven for the Celtics. Toronto is scoring with one-on-one plays but no cohesion. Sonny Weems and Calderon each have four points.
First quarter, 5:47, Celtics 18-7: The Celtics are going out strong with Nate Robinson scoring eight points and the Raptors don’t seem much interested in playing defense. Celtics are 8-for-15 from the field and the Raptors are 3-for-10. By the way, Avery Bradley is active, replacing Rajon Rondo.
First quarter, 9:03, Celtics 7-2: A good sign for Boston is Nate Robinson canned his first 3-pointer. Shaquille O’Neal missed his first three shots before making a putback.