Raptors vs Celtics Final Score: Raptors fade in the second half; lose 112-88

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The Raptors started strong but could not capitalize on a promising first quarter, losing the next three quarters and finally the game to the Boston Celtics 112-88.

Despite getting off to a promising start that included a 22-21 first quarter lead, the Toronto Raptors crumbled once again at the hands of the Boston Celtics, ultimately losing 112-88.

With the loss, the Raptors have now lost 10 straight games in Boston and seven of nine overall.

Rudy Gay led the Raptors with 19 points but he shot just 7 of 19 from the floor. DeMar DeRozan added 17 points but was also inefficient, hitting on 5 of his 13 attempts.

12 of DeRozan's points came in the third quarter when it appeared as though the Raptors would make a game of things. Toronto got as close as four points before the Celtics went on a 14-4 run which they would never look back from.

Once again, it was Toronto's lack of energy on both ends of the floor was the reason for their demise.

There was one Raptor that seemed to have a little extra energy though, and that was Sebastian Telfair. Unfortunately, his extra enthusiasm resulted in two third-quarter technical fouls and a quick ejection.

Perhaps the only positive thing to come out of this blowout loss was that it gave Terrence Ross the opportunity to get some extra run in. Ross made the best of that opportunity, gaining a little extra confidence with some impressive dunks in the fourth quarter. Ross finished the game 6-11 from the floor with 13 points.

On the Boston side of things, Jeff Green lead all scorers with 20 points, while Jason Terry and Jordan Crawford added 12 points apiece.

Kevin Garnett also scored 12 points, which moved him passed Jerry West for 15th on the NBA's all-time career scoring list.

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