Celtics vs. Raptors – Game Recap – March 28, 2022

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TORONTO — — Pascal Siakam had a season-high 40 points and 13 rebounds before committing a foul, and the Toronto Raptors beat the shorthanded Boston Celtics 115-112 in overtime on Monday night.

Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby had 14 points each, Thad Young and Gary Trent Jr. each had 12, and Scottie Barnes scored 10 before fouling as Toronto snapped a four-game losing streak at home against the Celtics.

Playing without forwards Jaylen Brown and Jason Tatum and centers Al Horford and Robert Williams III, Boston lost for the fifth time in 29 games.

Trent had two free throws to give Toronto a three-point lead with 14.4 seconds left. Marcus Smart and Grant Williams both missed 3-point tries on Boston’s final possession.

Smart had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Williams scored 17 and Derrick White added 15 for Boston.

Seven Celtics players scored 10 or more points, including Daniel Theis, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Toronto held a one-game lead over Cleveland for sixth place in the Eastern Conference, while Boston fell one game behind Miami for first place in the East. The Celtics host the Heat on Wednesday night.

Sixth place is the last guaranteed playoff spot, with teams finishing in places 7-10 heading into the qualifying tournament.

Both Brown and Tatum sat with sore right knees. The two contested a win over Minnesota on Sunday and are expected to return for Wednesday’s showdown with the Heat.

Horford missed his second straight game for personal reasons. Coach Ime Udoka said Horford is day to day.

Prior to the game, the Celtics said Williams would need surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, which would likely keep him out for the rest of the regular season and well into the playoffs.

Williams did not return after limping late in the third quarter on Sunday. Udoka said Williams and the Celtics are considering various surgical options and will make a decision later this week.

“Some (options) make it harder for you to stay longer than others,” Udoka said. “We hope for the best until then.”

Boston led 38-30 after one. After scoring 10 points in the first, Siakam added 15 more in the second, and VanVleet’s three-point play with 3.3 seconds left in the half gave Toronto a 59-58 lead at the half. pause.

The score was tied at 80-throughout three quarters.

JUST FOR ADRENALINE

Members of Canada’s National Men’s Soccer Team received a standing ovation when they entered the field during a second quarter timeout. Canada beat Jamaica 4-0 on Sunday to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

ADVICE

Celtics: Had nine turnovers in the second, leading to 14 points. … Shot 6 for 12 from 3-point range in the first quarter, but went 6 for 28 from range the rest of the way.

Raptors: C Khem Birch (right knee) was unavailable. … Trent started for Toronto after missing the previous three games with sore left big toe. He shot 4 for 12 in 37 minutes.

FOLLOWING

Celtics: Host Miami on Wednesday night.

Raptors: Host Minnesota on Wednesday night.

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