Toronto Raptors lose to Boston Celtics in Andrea Bargnani’s return
Kevin Garnett poured in 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lift the Celtics to a 99-95 victory over the Raptors on Wednesday, stretching Boston’s win streak to six games and spoiling the return of Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani.
Rudy Gay had 25 points and 12 boards to top Toronto (17-32). Kyle Lowry added 17 points and eight assists, and Amir Johnson finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Bargnani, in his first game since being shelved by an elbow injury for 26 games, had 13 points in 24 minutes.
Courtney Lee added 15 for the Celtics (25-23), who are missing all-star guard Rajon Rondo (season-ending anterior cruciate ligament tear). Paul Pierce had 12 points to go with 11 rebounds.
Leandro Barbosa, playing his first game back in Toronto since the Raptors traded him last March, scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Neither team dominated what was a pedestrian affair until midway through the third quarter when Lowry, Gay and Bargnani worked like a well-oiled machine. In one four-second stretch in the final minute of the frame, Gay drained a three-pointer, stole the ball from Jason Terry and found a sprinting DeRozan, who finished with a layup.
The Raptors led 79-69 with one quarter left, but the Celtics fought back with a 21-6 run in the fourth.