BOSTON (AP) – Jayson Tatum had 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in the Boston Celtics’ 104-88 win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.
Robert Williams III added 16 points and 13 rebounds, with his career-best eight on the offensive glass. Dennis Schroder scored 20 points, Josh Richardson had 15 and Marcus Smart 13.
Scottie Barnes led Toronto with 21 points, Fred VanVleet with 16 and OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. each with 14. The Raptors fell to 4-1 on the road.
In the teams’ first meeting of the season, in Boston’s home opener on October 22, the Raptors won by 32 points, and Celtics coach Ime Uboka later said his team was “beaten.” . Boston was booed off the court at halftime.
Boston was never far behind, leading by 16 at halftime and 12 after three quarters.
The Celtics opened it with an 8-0 run midway through the quarter, leading 95-79 on Tatum’s basket with 5:35 to play.
Pascal Siakim, who played just his second game of the season after being sidelined with a shoulder injury, scored eight points in 30 minutes for Toronto.
Raptors: Siakim had 15 points and four rebounds in 25 minutes in his first game, a 13-point loss to Brooklyn on Sunday. … Malachi Flynn took a flagrant foul 1 in the middle of the second.
Celtics: G Jaylen Brown was out. It is expected that 1 to 2 weeks will be lost due to a strained right hamstring. “It doesn’t change much, but some of the plays that we ask for Jaylen, we have to give to other guys,” Uboka said before the game. … G Romeo Langford returned after missing the last game in Dallas on Saturday for what Udoka said was a “non-COVID illness.” He made his first shot, a triple, and scored six points in 19 minutes. … Williams had nine rebounds in the first half, seven on the offensive boards, a career-high.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Raptors: In Philadelphia Thursday night.
Celtics: They will host Milwaukee on Friday night.
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