Bisnis.com, JAKARTA — The Boston Celtics have won nine straight after beating the Toronto Raptors 106-104 in the NBA Track Game at the Air Canada Center, Canada on Sunday WIB.
The Celtics, who were without star player Jason Tatum, trailed the Raptors in the first and second quarters 27-26, 57-50.
The Celtics’ condition was exacerbated by Marcus Smart’s right ankle injury in the final minutes of the first quarter. Smart had to be helped into the locker room and was unable to continue the match.
Bad luck struck the Celtics again when Robert Williams collided with teammate Jaylen Brown, which affected Williams’ left knee. The Celtics center continued to play in the first half, but was unable to compete in the second quarter.
The Celtics actually took the lead in the third minute of the second quarter, but that advantage only lasted halfway through the second half as the Raptors regained the lead late in the second. quarter.
But the Celtics managed to catch up late in the third quarter and turned the tide in the fourth quarter.
“Winning in NBA competition is tough enough, winning when a number of players are injured is tough,” Jaylen Brown said after the game, as quoted by the NBA’s official website.
“You don’t want to take it for granted, but we definitely have the ability on this team, enough ability in this locker room, to win anyone’s game on the court,” Brown continued.
Jaylen Brown became the Celtics’ highest scoring player with 27 points, followed by Grant Williams with 25 points, Malcolm Brogdon with 23 points and Payton Pritchard with 12 points.
While the most points in the Raptors camp was led by Pascal Siakam who had a double-double of 29 points and 10 assists, Gray Trent Jr. had 22 points, Precious Achiuwa with his brace 17 points and 11 rebounds, OG Anunoby 12 points, and Scottie blames 10 points.
With the victory, the Celtics are firmly at the top of the NBA Eastern Conference standings with 35 wins and 12 losses.
The Celtics are also the team that has won the most games in the NBA this season.
Additionally, the Boston Celtics will visit the Orlando Magic headquarters on Tuesday (1/24), while the Toronto Raptors will host the New York Knicks tomorrow.
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