Celtics-Raptors: Ray Allen Lifts Boston in OT

Jon BrossCorrespondent INovember 5, 2007

Icons Sports MediaRay Allen turned in a magnificent performance yesterday, hitting a clutch three-pointer with 4.4 seconds left in overtime to give the Celtics a victory over the Raptors.

Allen finished with 33 points and four rebounds while playing an exhausting 49 minutes in Toronto.

The Celtics were up by double-digits for most of the game, but T.J. Ford helped the resilient Raptors tie the game in the fourth quarter.

Ford had 32 points and five assists in 35 minutes. He hit a clutch three of his own to tie the game in the waning seconds of the overtime period—just before Allen secured the win for the C's.

Kevin Garnett and Chris Bosh both turned in double-doubles, proving that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

The younger Bosh had often been compared to the veteran Garnett, and yesterday's game showed that the two have plenty in common. Both players hit outside shots, took the ball strong to the hoop, and earned free throws by drawing contact.

The Raptors opened the first quarter with 1-12 shooting and struggled to get back in the game after that. Any team starting off that cold isn't going to have an easy time winning.

The Raptors also seemed to get away from the their game plan of sharing the ball.

In the first two games of the season, the Raps had at least six players in double-digits, and more than 30 assists in each game. Yesterday saw just Ford, Bosh, and Jason Kapono in double-digits—and the Raptors offense paid the price

That said, Toronto did manage to keep pace with the highly-touted Celtics—a good sign for Raptors fans.

The Celtics, for their part, continue to live up to their reputation as the new Beasts of the East. Less positively, though, the Big Three all played more than 40 minutes.

If that trend keeps up, the stars are likely to get burned-out—or worse, injured.

If the Big Three can stay healthy, on the other hand, the sky looks to be the limit in Boston.