Crawford-Henry patch things up after negative remarks

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Crawford-Henry patch things up after negative remarks

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Last October, John Henry created a stir when he said in a radio interview that he was against the signing of free agent Carl Crawford. Last week, Crawford acknowledged that he was unhappy with Henry over the remarks.

Saturday, they met and patched things up.

"It felt real good,'' said Crawford after the meeting, which lasted for about 10 minutes. "I like those kind of meetings where you clear the air and make everything better. I think it's best for the organization that we all get along. That's the way it should be.

"I accepted (the apology); that wasn't hard to do. We pretty much cleared the air. He got right to the point and he made it real easy for me to accept his apology. It felt real good to move on and put it behind us because there are other things we need to be focusing on (rather) than stuff that happened last year.''

Henry, who earlier in the day said "I should have never made those comments'' during a press conference, was also gratified for a chance to clear the air.

"It was great,'' said Henry. "It was necessary. It was something I wanted to do and I'm sure he wanted to do. I won't go into what was said, but I wanted to apologize for creating all this (controversy). I needed to apologize for that.''

Henry said he has admired Crawford as a player ever since the first game of the 2003 season when Crawford belted a walkoff homer against Red Sox reliever Chad Fox.

Crawford struggled mightily in his first season in Boston, but Henry expects bigger things in 2012.

"He's a tremendous player,'' Henry said. "I think..I know you'll see a different Carl Crawford this year.''

Predicted Crawford: "We'll be better off (because of the meeting. We'll become stronger and the bond will be closer from him saying (he was sorry). That's the way I look at it.''

DeRozan has career-high 43, Raptors beat Celtics, 107-97

DeRozan has career-high 43, Raptors beat Celtics, 107-97

TORONTO - DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 43 points and the Toronto Raptors rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 107-97 on Friday night.

DeRozan shot 15 of 28 from the floor as he surpassed his 42-point effort against the Houston Rockets on March 30, 2015, helping the Raptors overcome the absence of fellow All-Star Kyle Lowry. Lowry sat out with a right wrist injury.

Serge Ibaka, acquired by trade from the Orlando Magic last week, scored 15 points in his debut, while fellow newcomer P.J. Tucker, picked up from the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, had a game-high 10 rebounds and nine points in his first game for his new team.

Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points for Boston, which also got 19 points each from Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart.

Down 91-88 with 4:11 to play, the Raptors went on a 9-1 run to lead by five with 2:01 to play. Though Crowder cut that lead to three with a jump shot with 1:46 remaining, DeRozan drilled a jump shot with a minute remaining to put the Raptors up by five.

Tucker was unable to convert either free throw after being fouled by Al Horford with 47 seconds left, but Thomas missed the next time down the court, and after being fouled by Smart, DeRozan converted both free throws with 33 seconds to play. He then followed up with two more after a three-point play from Smart to take the game away from Boston with 27.5 seconds to go.

The Celtics found their range early, connecting on 55 percent of their shots from the floor and 40 percent from 3-point range in the first quarter. The Raptors could only hit 40 percent and went 0 for 3 from beyond the arc, and while DeRozan topped all scorers with 10 points, they were trailing 29-18 after 12 minutes.

Boston pushed its lead to 17 on a 3-point shot from Jaylen Brown with 1:29 to play in the half, but Toronto closed on a 7-0 run following a flagrant foul by Thomas on DeRozan.

The Raptors continued their comeback effort in the third quarter, with Ibaka's 3-pointer with 5:58 to go capping a 27-8 Toronto run to give the Raptors their first lead since the 3:54 mark of the first quarter. Smart's 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds remaining handed Boston a 77-74 edge entering the final 12 minutes.

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