Boston – Tatum-less Celtics still too much in 97-93 win over Raptors
Toronto was playing the second game of road back to back games in Boston and it looked like it. There was something on the line for both teams. The Raptors are fighting for a top 8 seed and a one win playoff scenario. The Celtics would lock up the second seed with a win.
Toronto shooting woes reared it’s ugly head again as they went 6 of 33 from behind the arc. The fast break and points in paint that have masked these types of nights in the past were not a factor in this night. The Raps had a slight edge 20-17 in fast break points and played to an even 50-50 in the plaint.
They did make it close in the fourth however. Tying the game at 82-82 before a Celtics run but a Precious Achiuwa dunk brought it back to 89-86. Every time the Raptors got it close the Celtics went on a run. Brogdon would commit a turnover late that led to Achiuwa and one, brining the game to 95-93 with 12.6 remaining. Brogdon would get fouls and make both, sealing the win for the Celtics who were without Al Horford, Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum.
Fluent Finale: When Fred VanVleet is good, he is really good. When he is bad, he is really bad. How bad? He went 0 for in the first half and finished the game a putrid 2-14 which included 1-12 form deep.
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