Celtics Blow Out Raptors on Christmas, Snap Raptors’ Record Streak
Well, so much for that Christmas Day game.
Just the second one in team history and the Toronto Raptors laid one giant goose egg. Better luck next time when the Raptors, presumably, sign Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2021.
One could only hope.
Anyways, on Wednesday morning, Canada was woken up to presence and a whole lot of bad basketball, as the undermanned Raptors turned the ball over 17 times en route to a 118-102 defeat, snapping their NBA-record streak of consecutive home wins against divisional opponents.
“We’re pretty short on our roster,” said Raptors head coach Nick Nurse after the loss. “We’ve played a lot minutes, these guys, a lot of games in a lot of days, the schedule hasn’t been very good to us. This is our third game in four days, one was an overtime game, one was a come-from-30-points-behind game, where we used a lot of energy too, so I don’t know. Maybe we just need a little rest.”
After getting off to a 10-0 run, the Raptors slowly began to fall apart as the Boston Celtics quickly battled back and took over the game. It was largely one-sided following the Raptors’ opening run and after displaying the ability to make fierce comebacks in their prior two games, the Raptors had few answers for the Celtics on Christmas.
“We’ve done that [make comebacks] the last couple of games,” said Kyle Lowry. “And that’s a well-coached team, hard-playing team, Jaylen Brown and Kemba (Walker), those guys played extremely well, they made a lot of shots, so trying to get back was a little tougher tonight than before.”
Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 27 points and six assists, while Chris Boucher poured in a career-high 24 points off the bench, but the real story of the night was Boston’s Jaylen Brown who put up 30 points on 10-for-13 shooting. Kemba Walker out-dueled Lowry on the time, scoring 22 points of his own.
The Raptors will get a shot at revenge on Friday as the Raptors head down to Boston for a rematch at the Garden.