BOSTON – Rajon Rondo posted his first triple-double of the season on Wednesday night. Unfortunately for the Boston Celtics, it wasn’t enough to get a win.
Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry scored a game-high 35 points and delivered a crucial steal in the game’s closing minute, helping the visitors come back from a 16-point deficit to escape with a 110-107 win at TD Garden.
This setback was the third in a row for Boston. It likely stung more than any other defeat this season since the Celtics so obviously gave away the win with their miscues. Boston had 28 turnovers on the evening, including nine in the fourth quarter. The Raptors scored 36 points on those mistakes, including a go-ahead three-point play from DeMar DeRozan following a Marcus Smart turnover that broke a 105-105 tie with just 28.9 seconds remaining.
Jeff Green (team-high 20 points) had a chance to tie the game on Boston’s final possession but missed badly on a long 3-pointer as time expired.
Boston’s defeat overshadowed a night of positives for several members of the roster. Rondo had 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 15 assists for his first triple-double of the young season. Kelly Olynyk (18 points, 13 rebounds) and Jared Sullinger (19 points, 16 rebounds) highlighted a dominating effort by the Celtics on the glass (55-24).
That kind of play helped the Celtics get off to a scorching start in which they scored on 13 of their first 14 possessions and hit 78.9 percent of their shots in the opening frame, building an early 16-point lead. That margin quickly vanished, however, thanks to the turnovers, and Toronto closed the deficit to three by halftime before closing out the win.
The Celtics get a chance to bounce back Friday night when they host the Indiana Pacers at the Garden.