Recap: Evan Turner’s third and Isaiah Thomas’ fourth quarter surges help Celtics take down Raptors, 91-79

By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully

At the half, the Celtics and Raptors were knotted up at 46. Neither team had more than a one possession lead. Then Evan Turner went off.

Turner, who started in place of the injured Jae Crowder, exploded in the third quarter scoring 13 of his 17 points on 5-8 shooting in the quarter.

For about a 5 minutes span, Turner scored all but two of the Celtics total 15 points points. Boston’s lead grew to as high as 11 points in the quarter

In the fourth, Toronto cut the Celtics lead down to just one. Isaiah Thomas proceeded to slam the door shut hitting two big three’s and solidify the Celtics fourth win in a row and the first against Toronto all season, 91=79 the final.

Game Notes 

  • The win on Wednesday night clinches the first winning season in the NBA for head coach Brad Stevens.

  • The Celtics bench once again did not provide much of a spark scoring a total of just 15 points. Luckily four of the Celtics starting five scored in double figures.
  • Amir Johnson, who is one of the players that has stepped up in Jae Crowders’ absence, recored a double-double scoring 11 points and recording 15 rebounds. Since Crowder went down, Johnson is averaging 10.8 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1.5 blocks.

  • Marcus Smart’s shooting woes continued Wednesday night. The young guard scored just two points on 1-8 shooting.
  • There was a moment of silence at TD Garden before the start of the game to pay respect to the people who were effected by terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium.


  • Isaiah Thomas floats it to the moon

  • Evan Turner throws it up from in transition for Avery Bradley who jams in through the rim.

  • Turner getting fancy with the handle. Drives to the lane and dishes it out to Amir Johnson for the flush.

  • Isaiah Thomas hitting clutch shots in the fourth quarter, per usual.


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