Celtics demolish Raptors, 112-88

Celtics demolish Raptors, 112-88
March 13, 2013, 10:00 pm
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Jordan Crawford scored 21 points against Memphis, the most he's had since joining the Celtics.

(Associated Press)

BOSTON — It was a scene that wasn't all that different than the night before in Charlotte.

As the final minutes evaporated ever so slowly in Boston's matchup with Toronto on Wednesday, Kevin Garnett and the rest of the Celtics' main guys were on the bench, chilling.

But Wednesday night's early respite was due to their dominating play, not getting done in by an inferior team.

And because of that, the Celtics continue to get the job done at home with a 112-88 win over the Raptors which extended the C's home winning streak to 10 in a row.

It was the kind of balanced, all-around attack that the C's (35-29) are capable of delivering against teams like Toronto that are simply playing for pride right now while the C's are battling to improve their playoff seeding.

With the victory, Boston maintains its sixth-seed status in the Eastern Conference, but remain within striking distance of continuing its climb up the standings.

Boston winning by such a decisive margin did not seem likely when you consider how the game began.

Boston spent most of the first quarter playing with a slim lead, but the Raptors closed out the quarter by scoring the final six points to lead, 22-21.

The second quarter was where the Celtics began to exert their defensive will on the Raptors as the C's pulled ahead by as many as seven points.

Despite its record, the Raptors are not a pushover, not with a pair of explosive scorers like Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan.

Toronto spent a good bit of the second quarter within a possession or two of the Celtics, but Boston closed out the quarter with an 8-2 spurt to lead, 49-40 at the half.

Jeff Green, among the many Celtics players looking to bounce back from what has been a pair of rough outings on the road, led all Celtics scorers with 12 points at the half while Brandon Bass chipped in with seven.

Meanwhile, Toronto was getting decent production from Gay and Amir Johnson who had nine and eight points, respectively.