DeRozan scores 16 points as Raptors beat Celtics 96-78

Sunday, 08 Apr, 2018

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It was Cleveland's second win over the Raptors in two weeks.

TORONTO (AP) - The Toronto Raptors turned up the defensive pressure and tightened their grip on first place in the Eastern Conference.

"We had to rely on our defense tonight", DeRozan said. "I mean, we've done a lot over the course of the year, a lot of changing just in the way we play".

Something in particular Burke - the 2018 Basketball Hall of Fame Curt Gowdy Media Award victor - has noticed is all of the shots fired Toronto's way and how little praise the East's first place team has received.

The NBA G League is down to its final four teams, with a chance for a repeat champion. Rodney Hood started his sixth game in a row at shooting guard Tuesday, scoring 17 points - his high with the team.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston's 96-78 loss at Toronto.

"Jose is just a guy who knows how to play his position", interim coach Larry Drew said. He said it emphatically, as though it was his plan, early in the 2015-16 season, and he said it in February.

Still, Raptors coach Dwane Casey wasn't celebrating.

IN ended a five-game winning streak and fell 1 1/2 games behind the 76ers for fourth in the East despite Victor Oladipo's 25 points. Cleveland has won their past two games against Toronto and the bully of the East is seemingly gaining more confidence with each passing day. Al Horford shot 5-for-13 for his 16 points, and Jayson Tatum hit a low ebb with eight points on 4-for-10 shooting. Boston scored 80 in a January 18 loss to Philadelphia.

Without him, the Pistons have put together a five-game win streak to stay in the race, but would be eliminated with their next loss or Milwaukee's win. "They were very physical, they were very good".

At the end of the game, the Raptors had made just 11 out of 34 shots from deep and had a 45 percent overall score. The Celtics split their four-game season series with the Raptors after winning 110-99 last Saturday in Boston.

Asked the key to the Cavs' 23-0 record in games where they've been tied or led after three quarters, James said, "We've got a closer".

Terry Rozier started for Boston after sitting out Tuesday because of a sprained left ankle. Rozier had just two points in 28 minutes, missing all but one of the nine shots he took. I was looking, 'Who's open?

One night after committing 17 turnovers in a game in which it did not have a single pure ball handler available due to injuries, the Celtics again struggled to take care of the ball. He would finish with a near double-double of eight points, nine rebounds and eight assists along with two steals and two blocked shots. Marcus Morris, who continues to step up in the absence of Irving, burned C.J. Miles and the Raps for 25 points and nine rebounds. G Shane Larkin (illness) did not travel to Toronto. Nor did his backup Shane Larkin, who missed his second straight game because of the flu. Boston finished with 17 turnovers, three shy of its season-worst.

James admitted the Cavaliers were still a work in progress heading into the post-season games, but they were content to ride their wave of good form.

While the Raptors starting front court played particularly well, the team's point guard did not.