Antoine Walker had 20 points and 10 rebounds, then reveled in the victory.
Pierce returned from two injuries and scored 10 of his 30 points
in the fourth period as the Celtics snapped a two-game losing
streak with a 106-97 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday
Antoine Walker added 20 points and 10 assists, and Kenny
Anderson had 13 points and nine assists for the Celtics. Kedrick
Brown started his second game of the season and finished with a
career-high 12 points.
Pierce jammed his wrist in the first quarter and injured his
right knee while going for a rebound in the third period. He never
considered not returning to the game. Pierce underwent X-rays, which were negative, on Tuesday. He is listed as probable for Wednesday night's home game against the Pacers.
"They'll have to carry me off the floor on a stretcher for me
not to come back," Pierce said. "At least I know not to fall on
my head, I'm too pretty to do that."
Vince Carter scored 26 points -- two in the fourth quarter -- for
Toronto, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. The
Raptors also had their three-game road winning streak halted.
"It was a big win over a hot team," Celtics coach Jim O'Brien
said. "We looked dead in the first half but found a way to win.
I'm giving them tomorrow off to recharge their batteries."
Boston forced 17 turnovers and finished with 30 assists.
"The Celtics' points off turnovers hurt us in the first half,"
Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "They made some big shots down
Boston went on a 17-5 run and opened a 52-42 lead with 21.9
seconds left in the second quarter. Pierce scored seven points in
Carter scored 10 points in the third quarter and the Raptors
closed to two points four times in the period.
Jerome Williams made a free throw that pulled the Raptors to 72-71 with 37 seconds left in the third. Walter McCarty hit a
3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Celtics a 75-71 lead after
Pierce was held scoreless in the third, before leaving the game
with a bruised right knee with 4:27 remaining in the period.
Pierce returned in the fourth quarter and scored eight points in
a 17-4 run as Boston opened a 92-75 lead.
Toronto's Tracy Murray scored all 16 of his points in the fourth
quarter, including a 3-pointer that pulled the Raptors to 99-90
with 2:46 left.
"They didn't come out and play well enough to beat us by that
many points," Antonio Davis said.
Game notes Kenny Anderson has pledged $50 to the New York Fire Department Relief Fund for each assist he logs this season. He
passed the $10,000 mark Monday night. ... Walter McCarty was
ejected with 6:07 left in the fourth quarter after committing a
flagrant foul on Antonio Davis. ... The Raptors' league-leading
streak for consecutive games with a 3-pointer reached 245 games.
... Hakeem Olajuwon celebrated his 39th birthday Monday.