Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/27

Game 1: Friday, November 27th
Raptors103Final
Celtics116
Game 2: Saturday, January 2nd
Raptors96Final
Celtics103
Game 3: Sunday, January 10th
Celtics114Final
Raptors107
Game 4: Wednesday, April 7th
Celtics115Final
Raptors104

Celtics 114

(26-9, 15-5 away)

Raptors 107

(19-19, 12-6 home)

    Coverage: TSNT

    1:00 PM ET, January 10, 2010

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    BOS 29 30 34 21114
    TOR 26 24 30 27107

    Top Performers

    Bos: R. Rondo 22 Pts, 10 Reb, 13 Ast, 4 Stl

    Tor: C. Bosh 31 Pts, 13 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Rondo, Wallace lead balanced Celtics' attack for 7th straight win vs. Raptors

    Associated Press

    TORONTO -- Boston coach Doc Rivers asked point guard Rajon Rondo to give the Celtics an early burst of energy.

    Rondo kept it up all game and finished with his first triple-double of the season.

    He had 22 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, Rasheed Wallace scored a season-high 29 points and the Celtics beat Toronto 114-107 on Sunday for their seventh straight win over the Raptors.

    Fast Facts

    • Rajon Rondo (22 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds) recorded his first triple-double of the season and the third of his regular-season career to help the Celtics win their seventh straight game against the Raptors.

    • Starting in place of the injured Kevin Garnett, Rasheed Wallace scored a season-high 29 points (9-for-12 FG, including 5-for-7 on 3-pointers) as all five Celtics starters scored at least 16 points.

    • Chris Bosh (31 points, 13 rebounds) had his league-leading eighth game with 30+ points and 10+ rebounds this season to lead the Raptors, who had their six-game home win streak snapped.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    "Doc put a big emphasis on it before the game to come out and get a good start," said Rondo, who assisted on Boston's first four baskets as the Celtics built a 10-0 lead in the opening 90 seconds. "Getting off to a good start was big for us. We didn't finish the game extremely well but we got the job done."

    It was the third career triple-double for Rondo, who shot 9 for 17 and had four steals.

    "He's our energy beacon," Rivers said. "Without him, I don't know where we're going to get it from."

    Wallace made five of Boston's 11 3-pointers. Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins each scored 16 points for Boston, which had lost four of six coming in.

    With Rondo sitting on 18 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds through three quarters, Boston's reserves urged him to hit the glass in the fourth.

    "Guys over on the bench were telling me to get a rebound," Rondo said. "I wasn't trying to. One time, Paul and I were going for it at the same time. He took it. I didn't really care. I was just making sure the ball didn't bounce out of bounds."

    Rondo got the board he needed with 7:08 to go, grabbing the rebound on a miss by Toronto's Jose Calderon.

    "It's nice to have [the triple-double] but the biggest thing is to get the win," Rondo said. "I'd hate to get a triple-double where I had a big game and we lose."

    Rondo fed Wallace and Perkins for layups, then set up Allen and Pierce for 3-pointers in Boston's early flurry, forcing Toronto to call a quick timeout.

    "They hit shots as soon as the game started," Raptors guard Jarrett Jack said. "It's not as though we were just giving them layup after layup and it was like the Globetrotters. They hit from distance with the two 3's."

    Toronto's Chris Bosh fouled out with 31 points and 13 rebounds, with Andrea Bargnani adding 23 points.

    Jack scored 15 points, Marco Belinelli had 14 and Calderon added 11 for the Raptors, whose six-game home winning streak was ended.

    While the Celtics never trailed, Toronto made it tight in the final minutes. Jack's layup and a 3-pointer from Bargnani cut it to 104-97 with 4:16 left but Wallace made two free throws and Rondo scored a layup to push Boston's lead back to 11.

    Hedo Turkoglu made a 3-pointer and, after Perkins missed two at the line, Jack made a driving hook shot. Boston turned it over on a shot clock violation and Bosh cut it to 108-104 on a jumper with 1:46 remaining. Perkins was fouled again but converted both attempts before Bargnani's turnover on the next possession led to Pierce's jumper, making it 112-104 with 46 seconds to go.

    "We were kind of playing the clock and they almost got back in the game," Rivers said.

    Rondo had nine assists in the first half -- as many as the entire Raptors team.

    Wallace made three 3-pointers in the third and Rondo added nine points of his own as the Celtics made 12 of 18 field goal attempts and took a 93-80 lead into the fourth.

    Game notes


    Boston G Tony Allen returned after missing Friday's loss at Atlanta with flulike symptoms while F Kevin Garnett (hyperextended right knee) missed his fifth straight game. ... Raptors head coach Jay Triano received a technical foul for arguing in the third. ... Bosh went 13 for 13 at the free throw line. ... Turkoglu had nine assists for but didn't score his first basket until the third quarter. He finished with five points. ... Toronto's last home loss was a 111-89 defeat to Atlanta on Dec. 11. ... Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek attended the game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    BOS
    TOR
    Points 114 107
    FGM-FGA 40-79 (.506) 39-81 (.481)
    3PM-3PA 11-26 (.423) 8-19 (.421)
    FTM-FTA 23-34 (.676) 21-27 (.778)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-41 11-38
    Assists 26 23
    Turnovers 14 15
    Steals 10 8
    Blocks 6 6
    Fast Break Points 17 26
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (2/0) 25 (3/0)
    Largest Lead 15 0

    Top Performers

    Boston
    Toronto
    Rajon Rondo Rondo
    Points: 22
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 13
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0
    Chris Bosh Bosh
    Points: 31
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2