Toronto, Canada (4E Sports) – Kevin Garnett racked up 27 points and 10 rebounds as the Boston Celtics cruised to their fifth straight victory after downing the Toronto Raptors, 99-95, Wednesday at Air Canada Center.
With Rajon Rondo sitting out the remainder of the seaon due to torn ACL, the Celtics are compiling a surprising run in the second half of their 2012-2013 campaign.
Garnett and Paul Pierce set aside trade rumors as the two veterans produced big-time contributions for the resurging Celtics. KG had another double-double while Paul Pierce tallied 12 points, 11 rebounds and six dimes in 37 minutes.
Other Celtics players also made their mark as Courtney Lee finished with 15 points, Leandro Barbosa had 14 off the bench, and Avery Bradley recorded 11.
Boston controlled the lead throughout the first half and headed to the locker room with a 50-45 lead but the Raptors unleashed a huge run in the third, outscoring the visiting team 34-19 in the period.
Trailing by 10, 79-69, going into the fourth quarter, the Celtics had a hefty dose of peptalk from Jason Terry, who showed his frustration on his team’s sloppy plays.
That proved to be the pivotal point as the Celtics opened the fourth quarter with 10 unanswered points before peppering them with a 30-16 onslaught in the final period.
Rudy Gay finished with 25 points and 12 boards and Kyle Lowry had 17 points and 8 dimes for the Raptors, 1-2 since acquiring Gay from the Memphis Grizzlies and 17-32 overall.
Boston improved two games above .500 at 25-23 and looks to extend its hot run against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.