November 17, 2012

Celtics top Raptors 107-89; Rondo adds 20 assists

The Associated Press

 

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Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas, 17, blocks a shot by Boston's Jared Sullinger in Saturday's game at Boston. The Celtics won, 107-89.

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BOSTON — Jason Terry scored 20 points and Rajon Rondo tied his season high with 20 assists as Boston beat the Toronto Raptors 107-89 on Saturday.

Paul Pierce added 19 points and six rebounds and Kevin Garnett scored 15 for Boston, which took a 17-point lead in first quarter, then held off several runs by the Raptors before pulling away midway through the second half.

Rookie Jared Sullinger had his first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Andrea Bargnani and John Lucas led Toronto with 15 points apiece. DeMar DeRozan, Jose Calderon, Terrence Ross and Linas Kleiza scored 10 each for Toronto, which has struggled to a 2-7 start.

The Celtics scored 11 straight over the end of the third quarter and first few minutes of the fourth to go up by 21 points. Boston was playing for the third time in four days and has a game at Detroit on Sunday night.

Rondo appeared at full strength after missing the loss at Brooklyn on Thursday with a sprained right ankle. He had seven assists in the first quarter and 11 at halftime, extending his streak of consecutive games with double-digit assists to 33.

 

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