By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully
The Celtics ended the first quarter scoring 14 points as a team while Luis Scola had 17. That basically sums up Boston’s night in Toronto as they fall to the Raptors 105-91.
Isaiah Thomas and company couldn’t get much offense going in their fourth straight loss especially in the opening and final quarters where they totaled just 31 points.
R.J. Hunter hit a three at the end of the 3rd quarter to bring the Toronto lead down to just 5 points, but two big turnovers by the young guard in the final quarter proved costly in the loss.
Kyle Lowry picked up the scoring load with Scola cooling down off his hot first quarter and DeMar DeRozen having an off night by dropping 32 points. 16 of those points came in the fourth quarter.
With the loss, the Celtics are now 6th in the Eastern Conference.
- The Raptors passed the ball extremely well in the first quarter assisting on 12 of their 18 baskets.
- Avery Bradley did a solid job guarding DeMar DeRozan, but did not have the best night offensively. Bradley was 4-13 from the field with 8 points and was a minus-25 on the night.
- Evan Turner (12) and Isaiah Thomas (20) were the only Celtics to score in double figures.
- Terry Rozier (10) and R.J. Hunter (14) are seeing an uptick in minutes with Jae Crowder being injured. Hunter didn’t miss a shot and finished with 8 points. Rozier really impressed scoring 7 points to go with 5 assists and 3 rebounds.
- Unsurprisingly, Isaiah Thomas was the Celtics best player on Friday night. He finished with 20 points and 3 rebounds. He also had this pretty cool/lucky/bizarre highlight where he lose the basketball, had it kicked back to him and then got the and-one layup.
The Celtics should be able to snap the four game losing streak on Sunday when they face the lowly Philadelphia 76ers.