NBA: Toronto Raptors Beat Boston Celtics to End Two-Game Losing Skid
After two consecutive losses, the second-best Eastern Conference team of the Toronto Raptors broke off their losing skid as they got the better of the visiting Boston Celtics with a 114-106 win at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday evening.
According to ESPN, the victory snapped the Celtic's four-game winning run and aided the Raptors to prevent the possibility of having their longest losing streak in over a year.
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"You're going to lose games in this league," DeMar DeRozan, who scored game-high 41 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds, said. "But you don't want to make it more than one."
The Canadian-based ballclub bounced back after losing to the Chicago Bulls and the Houston Rockets over the weekend. The Raptors have not lost three straight matches since a West Coast trip in November of 2015 when they come up short in Sacramento, Utah, and Golden State.
All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry contributed with 24 points including five three-pointers while starting center Jonas Valanciunas finished the game with a double-double game production of 18 markers and career-high 23 boards for the Raptors, who are set to host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.
Toronto outrebounded Boston with a 57-42 advantage and beat the Celtics in the three-point area with a better 10-22 (45.5 percent) connection compared with Boston's 9-27 (33.3 percent) shooting clip.
According to the official website of the NBA, the Raptors registered their 25th win in 38 games played this season. The victory kept Toronto above Boston in the Eastern Conference standings and remained as the second-top team of the Eastern Conference next to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Isaiah Thomas paced the Celtics with 27 points, while Al Horford added with 14 to go along with team-high nine rebounds. It was Boston's 15th lost of the season and its ninth downfall on road games. A victory would have pulled the TD Garden-homed basketball side even with the Raptors for second place behind the defending champions.