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NBA Game Summary - Boston at Toronto



(Wednesday, October 30th)

Final Score: Toronto 93, Boston 87

Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Rudy Gay had 19 points and eight rebounds, Kyle Lowry added 11 points and eight assists and the Toronto Raptors spoiled Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens' NBA debut with a 93-87 win on Wednesday night.

Boston's Jeff Green led all scorers with 25 points in the loss.

The Celtics trimmed a 12-point halftime deficit with a 23-8 run to tie the game 71-71 heading into the fourth quarter. The back-and-forth affair continued for much of the final frame until Amir Johnson hit a 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring to put the Raptors up by four with just over six minutes to play and they never trailed after that.

"It wasn't what we drew up, but we'll take it," Toronto head coach Dwane Casey said of Johnson's 3-pointer. "He's been working on that shot, he shoots them every day in practice."

Toronto's Tyler Hansbrough and Jonas Valanciunas both recorded double digits in rebounds with 12 and 11, respectively.

Boston, playing its first game without 15-year veteran Paul Pierce, relied heavily on the efforts of veterans Jeff Green and Brandon Bass down the stretch.

They were also without forward Kevin Garnett and sharp-shooter Jason Terry, who both accompanied Pierce to Brooklyn in a draft-night trade for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph and three first-round picks.

Stevens made his NBA regular-season debut after six seasons as coach of the Butler Bulldogs. He signed a six-year, $22 million deal in the summer after the Celtics let Doc Rivers go to the Los Angeles Clippers for an unprotected first-round draft pick.

"I walk out of here, certainly disappointed because you're in a close game and you have a chance, but I walk out of here with some positives to build on," Stevens said of his debut.

Celtics rookie center Vitor Faverani helped Boston jump out to a 26-21 lead after one quarter with nine points in his NBA debut. The Brazilian finished with 13 points and three rebounds in 26 minutes of play.

Toronto outscored Boston 28-11 in the second quarter to take a comfortable lead into halftime.

With the Celtics down by five in the closing seconds of the third, Jordan Crawford hit a 3-pointer. Gay then committed an offensive foul on the other end and Bass had a put-back dunk off a Crawford missed layup as time expired.

Gay hit a couple of jumpers late in the fourth after the Johnson 3-pointer to seal it for Toronto, which snapped a three-game losing streak in home openers.

Bass finished with 17 points, going 6-of-7 from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free-throw line.

Game Notes

Celtics guard Rajon Rondo did not play due to his rehab from a torn ACL he suffered last season ... Boston rookie Kelly Olynyk made his NBA debut in his hometown of Toronto ... Johnson became the 10th player in franchise history to appear in 300 games with Raptors.

10/31 00:26:03 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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