Celtics snap skid, crush Raptors, 96-73

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Celtics snap skid, crush Raptors, 96-73

BOSTON When you've lost as many games as the Boston Celtics, quality wins are the last thing you're thinking about.

A win - period - is all you want.

That's exactly what the Celtics got on Wednesday as they snapped a Big Three-era worst five game losing skid, with a 96-73 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Boston (5-8), which has struggled in the first quarter, dominated the first 12 minutes to take a 29-14 lead into the second.

Toronto (4-11) cut into the C's lead, but Boston's control of the game was never in doubt.

Rajon Rondo dominated play, but not in the way that we're used to.

Rondo, who came into Wednesday's game as the NBA's co-leader in assists with Phoenix guard Steve Nash, was non-stop as a scorer.

He led all scorers with 21 points along with a season-low two assists.

Rondo's impressive scoring night could have been even better if not for a sore right wrist injury suffered with about two minutes to play after a hard foul by Toronto's Linas Kleiza.

Rondo did not return.

Kevin Garnett scored 15 points on 5-7 shooting, and Brandon Bass added 13 points and nine rebounds off the bench for the C's.

Toronto, playing without their top scorer Andrea Bargnani, was led by former UMass star Gary Forbes who had 18 points off the Raptors bench.

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