On a night that started with the Celtics making their first 12 out of 13 shots, yet only lead by 2, the C’s stuck it out in the second half on defense to come out with a 116-103 victory. When the game started, it appeared as though the final score would be around 140-130 or such. The defense picked up continuously as the game continued, and the Celtics really picked it up in the third quarter.
The C’s were down at the half by 1, but outscored the Raptors 33-17 in the 3rd. This was led by their ability to play help defense, something that has been missing in the previous few weeks. We have seen it in spurts, but the Celtics put it together for an entire quarter of play. The whole team pitched in on the effort in the 3rd on the scoring effort. Pierce got to the rim, Sheed his his threes, Rondo was doing his job, and even Perkins was working down in the paint.