Celtics vs. Raptors – NBA Game Recap – January 21, 2023

TORONTO — — Grant Williams scored a profession-excessive 25 factors, Jaylen Brown had 27 and the Boston Celtics overcame the absence of main scorer Jayson Tatum to increase their profitable streak to 9 video games by beating the Toronto Raptors 106-104 on Saturday.

Already with out Tatum, Boston’s damage woes worsened when guard Marcus Smart harm his proper ankle within the last minute of the primary half and needed to be helped to the locker room. He didn’t return.

Center Robert Williams stayed within the sport after Brown collided together with his left knee within the opening quarter. At halftime, Williams was dominated out for the second half due to a hyperextended knee.

“It says lots about our group,” Boston coach Joe Mazzulla stated of the brief-handed victory. “In the start of the sport, you possibly can clearly really feel that we simply did not have the juice. We simply stored taking part in. We by no means wavered, we made nice performs. Guys did an awesome job managing the sport.”

Williams had left knee surgical procedure final March however returned within the playoffs.

Mazzulla stated Williams’ newest damage was “nothing critical,” including that X-rays on Smart’s ankle revealed no structural injury.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 23 factors and Payton Pritchard scored all of his 12 within the fourth quarter. The Celtics are unbeaten since a Jan. 3 defeats at Oklahoma City.

“To win within the NBA is tough sufficient, to win on the street down a bunch of men is tough to do,” Brown stated. “You do not need to take it without any consideration, however we undoubtedly have sufficient on this group, sufficient on this locker room, to win video games whoever is on the ground.”

Al Horford scored 5 factors and shot 2 for 10 however had a rebound, a blocked shot and a steal within the last 20 seconds of the fourth quarter.

“The field rating does not inform the story about what he does for us,” Mazzulla stated. “When he takes it to a different stage defensively, we’re a distinct group.”

Grant Williams shot 7 for 13 and made 4 of six from 3-level vary. He went 7 for 8 on the line.

“He was nice tonight, man,” Mazzulla stated. “He was the set off for us.”

Pascal Siakam had 29 factors and 10 assists, Gary Trent Jr. scored 22 factors and Precious Achiuwa had 17 factors and 11 rebounds in his first begin of the season, however Toronto misplaced its third straight.

A possible NBA MVP candidate, Tatum sat due to a sore left wrist. He’s averaging 31.2 factors, the third-highest whole within the league, and a profession-excessive 8.5 rebounds.

Tatum scored 51 factors in Monday’s win over Charlotte, then had 34 factors and a profession-excessive 19 rebounds in Thursday’s extra time victory in opposition to Golden State, taking part in 48 of 53 minutes.

The Raptors had been with out guard Fred VanVleet, who was scratched shortly earlier than tip-off due to soreness in his proper ribs. Coach Nick Nurse stated VanVleet is questionable for Sunday’s residence sport in opposition to the Knicks.

Toronto’s OG Anunoby left within the third quarter due to a sore proper ankle. Anunoby was initially anticipated to return however didn’t play once more. Anunoby scored 12 factors earlier than leaving.

The Raptors tried a season-low seven free throws in opposition to the Celtics, making 5.

“We simply did not get something on the free throw line tonight,” Nurse stated.

Trailing 85-81 by means of three quarters, the Celtics reclaimed the lead with a 9-0 run to start the ultimate quarter as Brown, Williams and Pritchard all made 3-pointers.

Trent missed a layup with 21 seconds left that will have tied it at 106. Toronto had one last probability after Boston was referred to as for an offensive foul, however Horford compelled a steal and Siakam turned it over at midcourt.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Derrick White began in Tatum’s place. … Brogdon and Luke Kornet began the second half. … Boston has received 13 of 15.

Raptors: Siakam completed with 9 rebounds. … Barnes had 10 factors however didn’t rating within the second half.

SEE YOU LATER!

The first-place and final-place groups within the Atlantic Division, the Celtics and Raptors do not meet once more till a two-sport set in Boston, April 5 and seven. The common season concludes April 9.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Host Orlando on Monday.

Raptors: Host New York on Sunday.

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