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Raptors, still depleted by coronavirus, fall to Celtics

Toronto has lost four of five as the NBA heads into the All-Star break.
Raptors center Aron Baynes (46) yells as he is fouled by Celtics guard Jaylen Brown during the first half Thursday in Boston.
Raptors center Aron Baynes (46) yells as he is fouled by Celtics guard Jaylen Brown during the first half Thursday in Boston. [ CHARLES KRUPA | AP ]
Published Mar. 5
Updated Mar. 5

BOSTON — Jayson Tatum had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and the Celtics won their fourth straight game, outlasting the shorthanded Raptors 132-125 on Thursday night, the last night of action before the All-Star break.

Toronto — which played without starters Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby, along with Malachi Flynn and Patrick McCaw as they remained in the health and safety protocols — has lost four of five. Coach Nick Nurse and several members of his staff were also in the protocols, leaving the coaching duties to assistant Sergio Scariolo again.

The Raptors hit 21 3-pointers and led early before being outscored 35-22 in the third quarter. Chris Boucher led Toronto with 30 points. Norman Powell finished with 25 points and Terence Davis 22.

Despite the loss, Powell liked the progress the team made following Wednesday’s lopsided loss to Detroit.

“We gave ourselves a chance to win down the stretch,” Powell said. “We’ve got to continue to play like that no matter who’s in and out of the lineup.”

The Celtics took a 101-92 lead in the third quarter.

That lead grew as high as 121-109 in the fourth before a 10-1 run by Toronto cut it to 122-119. But a free throw by Jaylen Brown, step-back jumper by Tatum and runner by Jeff Teague gave Boston back a cushion, and it was able to close it out at the line.

Being shorthanded didn’t stop the Raptors from starting fast. They got 21 first-half points from Powell and connected on 11 3-pointers to take a 70-66 lead into halftime.

— By KYLE HIGHTOWER

TORONTO (125): Johnson 5-10 0-0 14, Powell 7-17 7-8 25, Baynes 6-9 0-0 13, Bembry 2-6 0-0 4, Lowry 5-18 1-2 14, Boucher 11-15 3-4 30, Davis 8-14 3-3 22, Watson 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 45-91 14-17 125.

BOSTON (132): Tatum 9-15 6-10 27, Theis 2-3 1-1 5, Thompson 6-8 1-2 13, Brown 4-11 11-16 21, Walker 4-11 5-5 15, Ojeleye 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 7-9 0-0 17, Williams III 4-5 2-2 10, Pritchard 3-4 2-2 10, Teague 6-7 1-2 14. Totals 45-74 29-40 132.

Toronto 34 36 22 33 — 125

Boston 31 35 35 31 — 132

3-Point Goals—Toronto 21-50 (Boucher 5-9, Johnson 4-7, Powell 4-10, Davis 3-8, Lowry 3-11, Baynes 1-2, Watson 1-2), Boston 13-29 (Williams 3-4, Tatum 3-6, Pritchard 2-3, Brown 2-6, Walker 2-6, Teague 1-2). Fouled Out—Toronto 2 (Boucher, Powell), Boston None. Rebounds—Toronto 28 (Baynes 9), Boston 39 (Tatum 12). Assists—Toronto 36 (Lowry 19), Boston 25 (Walker 6). Total Fouls—Toronto 25, Boston 20. A—0 (18,624)