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Tatum scored 27 points, Celtics beat Raptors 132-125

BOSTON. Ayeson Tatum had 27 points և 12 rebounds and the Boston Celtics won their fourth straight game, beating shorter Toronto Reports 132-125 on Thursday night.

Ay Eileen Brown added 21 points և 7 rebounds and Kemba Walker had 15 points.

Toronto, who played without the original Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVlet և OG Anunoby, as well as Malacca Flynn and Patrick McCaw as they remained on the health և safety record, lost four to four. In the minutes were coach Nick Nurses and several members of his staff, leaving coaching responsibilities to assistant Sergio Scariolo.

The Raptors scored 21 points with 3 points to take the lead, beating their opponents 35-22 in the third quarter. Chris Boucher led Toronto with 30 points. Norman Powell finished with 25 points and Terence Davis added 22.

After falling behind for most of the first half, the Celtics outscored the Raptors 35-22 in the third quarter, leading 101-92.

It reached 121-109 in the fourth, while Toronto’s 10-1 run made it 122-119. But Brown’s free throw, Tatum’s reversal և ff tig’s runner, gave Boston back the pillow և it was able to block it.

Being short did not prevent the Raptors from starting quickly. They scored 21 points in the first half from Powell, joining 11 3-pointers to a 70-66 lead in the half.

The Celtics had eight three points, scoring 58% (23 of 40) in the opening 24 minutes. They also had nine turnovers, leading to 10 points in Toronto.

At the end of the half, Boston was 9 points behind, beating Toronto 19-14. The race included some beautiful defensive performances, including Robert Williams’ block on Kyle Lowry, which started with a quick break and ended with Williams taking a walk through Walker.

ADVICES

Raptors. Six 3-point points in the first quarter. … Rookie Jalen Harris joins G-League subsidiary Raptors 905 in the playoffs.

Celtics. He had 51 spare points. … Finished with 16 rounds. The first quarter had six turnovers.

ABOVE

Raptors. Open the second half of their schedule against “Atlanta” on March 11.

Celtics. Visit Brooklyn on March 11.

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