TORONTO – Ray Allen scored 36 points as the Boston Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 94-88 Sunday, snapping a four-game losing skid.
Allen helped Boston jump out to a quick start, sinking all five of his three-point attempts in the first quarter as the Celtics raced out to a 32-20 advantage.
“When Ray gets it going, that’s our focus,” Boston coach Doc Rivers said. “Feed the pig, that’s what we always say. He was the hot guy, so we want to keep feeding him.”
Allen finished 11-of-14 from the field and eight-of-10 from the three-point line. He also converted all six of his free-throw attempts.
“I just played in what we were doing, but again we were moving the ball,” Allen said.
Allen buried the lone shot he attempted in the second quarter as Boston got 11 points from its bench to take a 54-41 lead at the half.
The Celtics held a 75-55 advantage to start the fourth quarter, but Boston allowed Toronto to get back in it with a 17-5 spurt that cut the gap to eight points 80-72 with just under six minutes remaining.
Later, Andrea Bargnani sank a three-pointer with 1:36 remaining to pull Toronto within 88-83, and later sank two free throws with 34 seconds left as the Raptors pulled within 90-85.
from: abscbn news