Dismal second quarter costs Celtics vs Raptors

Cavs host Raptors in regular season rubber match

Meanwhile, rookie Jason Tatum scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half. Updates with new lead.

DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 19 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 17 and Serge Ibaka 16 for the Raptors.

Since then, the Raptors have gone just 3-5 and seen their five-game lead at the top of the East whittle down to just two. The Raptors scored more points off turnovers (17) in the second quarter than Boston scored total points (13) in the frame.

Something in particular Burke - the 2018 Basketball Hall of Fame Curt Gowdy Media Award victor - has noticed is all of the shots fired Toronto's way and how little praise the East's first place team has received.

Even having the league's strongest bench won't impact the outcome of games as much. Point guard Kyle Lowry, a 16.5-point scorer who attended alma mater Villanova's win over MI in the NCAA championship game Monday, had five points on 2-for-11 shooting while being defended primarily by Calderon.

It took seven different teams and 13 years to do it, but Jose Calderon can finally say he's been a part of an organization with 48 wins in a season.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston's 96-78 loss at Toronto.

"You always talk on offense about owning your space, and they owned our space all night", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

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Allegri was frustrated with his team's lack of concentration in that game, but believes the experience has made them a better side.

With its 56th win of the season, Toronto matched the franchise record set in 2015-16. "I sense everyone is rolling up their sleeves and ready to get to work", Drew said of the final push towards the playoffs.

The Pistons had their five-game winning streak snapped, and their defeat clinched a post-season spot for the Milwaukee Bucks. More importantly, he led Toronto with a plus-20 defensive rating, an improvement over his minus-10 in Boston and minus-9 in Cleveland. Boston scored 80 in a January 18 loss to Philadelphia. In an ugly win against the tanking Dallas Mavericks, he shook off a rough shooting game and canned two backbreaking 3-pointers. "They were very physical, they were very good".

Every time Toronto made a run - cutting the deficit to five and two points in the third and fourth quarters - the Cavaliers got a good look and made an open shot. The previous meeting, Boston was running the floor and penetrating the paint continuously. "We've got to find our identity both offensively and defensively".

Terry Rozier had two points and nine rebounds in his return to the Celtics lineup as Boston was held to a season low in points.

"Everyone in this room has stepped up since Joel went down, and we know we're capable of winning games without him", Australian guard Ben Simmons said.

According to the Boston Herald's Mark Murphy, the National Basketball Association will not fine Celtics' forward Marcus Morris for his referee butt slap, in the team's recent matchup with the Toronto Raptors.

One night after committing 17 turnovers in a game in which it did not have a single pure ball handler available due to injuries, the Celtics again struggled to take care of the ball. "Was it (the Cavaliers game) going to make or break our season?" The Cavs shot only 42-percent from the field and hit only 29-percent of their triples.

Ricky Rubio shot 10-for-15 while producing 31 points, eight assists and six rebounds in Utah's 117-110 verdict over the Lakers.

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