Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum lift Celtics over Raptors

League: NBA

Posted on: 12 Nov, 2023 at 02:36 AM

Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Jaylen Brown scored a game-high 29 points and Jayson Tatum finished with 27 as the Boston Celtics improved their home record to 4-0 by beating the visiting Toronto Raptors 117-94 on Saturday night.

Brown was 12 of 20 from the field and scored 21 points in the second half. He also finished the game with five rebounds. Tatum was 10-for-18 from the field and added five rebounds and four assists.

Boston also received 21 points, seven rebounds and three assists from Kristaps Porzingis.

Pascal Siakam tossed in a team-high 17 points and was one of five Raptors who scored in double figures. Siakam also had seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Toronto's Dennis Schroder finished with 14 points, Jakob Poeltl and Malachi Flynn each had 12 and Scottie Barnes netted 10. Barnes also had five rebounds, four assists, one steal and a blocked shot.

It was the final contest of a four-game road trip for Toronto, which was seeking its third straight victory. The Raptors were coming off road wins against San Antonio (123-116) and Dallas (127-116).

The Celtics led 30-26 after one quarter, 55-46 at halftime and pushed the lead to 23 by scoring 21 of the first 28 points in the third quarter. The Raptors trailed 88-71 entering the final 12 minutes of action.

Boston had its largest lead after a Brown dunk put the Celtics up 103-73 with 6:46 to play.

The Celtics shot 54.7 percent from the field (47 of 86) and had a 60-42 advantage in points in the paint. The Raptors were 35 of 91 from the field (38.5 percent), including 10 of 37 from 3-point range.

Sam Hauser made four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points. He was the only other Boston player in double figures.

Boston center Al Horford did not play in Friday's victory over Brooklyn (knee) but had seven points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes against the Raptors.

--Field Level Media