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Wednesday, January 15th (All times Eastern)

Toronto Raptors (19-17) at Boston Celtics (13-26), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Raptors are pulling away a bit in the Atlantic Division and will try to put more space in between themselves and another contender when they visit the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

The Raptors have won three in a row and eight of the last 10. They are 12-5 since trading Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings and own a 4 1/2-game lead over the Brooklyn Nets in the Atlantic Division.

All three of their recent victories came at the Air Canada Centre, but the Raptors have dropped two in a row on the road. Forgive them the losses, but the opponents were the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat and Toronto fell by a combined 12 points.

On Saturday, the Raps ended the homestand with a 116-94 drubbing of the lowly Milwaukee Bucks.

"We don't have any right, yet, to overlook anyone," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. "This is a tough league and we're still building, we're still getting there, so I can't allow our guys to have that in their thought process."

Kyle Lowry scored 23 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc to help lead the Raptors.

"He's been playing at an All-Star level," Casey said of Lowry.

DeMar DeRozan netted 19 points and Jonas Valanciunas recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto, which has won five straight at home.

Patrick Patterson and John Salmons scored 18 and 10 points off the bench, respectively, in the win.

The Celtics have dropped nine in a row, which is the franchise's seventh- longest skid. Boston is on its longest slide since a franchise-worst 18-game losing streak back in 2007.

The ninth consecutive setback came on Saturday. After the C's returned from a five-game western swing, the Houston Rockets came to Beantown and left with a 104-92 victory.

Avery Bradley poured in 24 points and Jerryd Bayless chipped in with 17. Brandon Bass added 14 and Jordan Crawford managed 13 in what could be one of his final starts.

That's because it seems like All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo is close to a return.

"29,233,280 secs," Rondo wrote on his Twitter account Monday, implying the 338-day time frame between his surgery to repair a torn ACL last February and Friday's game between the Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told the media on Tuesday that Rondo will undergo a vigorous workout Wednesday to test his right knee and is a possibility to play in Friday's contest if he comes out of the session OK.

"We've got a day planned, a pretty strenuous day for him, tomorrow," said Stevens. "And then we'll go from there.

"I would think that there's a chance that he will be back for Friday."

The Raptors beat the Celtics by six on opening night in Toronto, but they've lost 10 in a row at TD Bank Garden.

01/15 10:34:56 ET

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Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
2nd
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
Final
MIA 100
BOS 84
 
Final
BRK 110
DET 105
Final
SAC 108
LAL 101
 
Final
ORL 88
PHI 96
 
Final
WAS 92
PHO 104
 
3rd
MIN 66
IND 71
 
3rd
OKC 77
NOP 74
 
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
 
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
Final
UGA 65
SHU 47
Final
ALA 60
APP 59
 
2nd
KSU 52
NDST 52
 
2nd
WASU 68
SJST 43
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
1st OT
DET 1
COL 1
 
2nd Intermission
EDM 5
DAL 5
 
2nd
BOS 2
BUF 2
 
2nd
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
2nd
CHI 2
TOR 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
Final
STL 27
NYG 37
Final
OAK 26
BUF 24
Final
DAL 42
IND 7
1st
ARI 0
SEA 0