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Fast Break: Celtics vs. Raptors

The Celtics [1] continued to dominate the Raptors with a 114-107 win on Sunday in Toronto. The C’€™s have won seven straight over the Raptors and have not lost to them since January 23, 2008.

Player of the Game: Two Celtics deserve recognition for this accolade. Rajon Rondo [2] recorded a triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists. Rasheed Wallace [3] contributed 29 points (9-12 FG, 5-7 3PG, 6-6 FT), the most he has scored in a Celtics uniform. Wallace also came up with a critical steal with a minute to go as the Raptors closed in by six.

Turning Point: The Celtics established their control early on in the game. They jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first 1:41 and got the entire team involved. Wallace, Ray Allen [4], Paul Pierce [5], and Kendrick Perkins [6] all scored baskets; Pierce, Perkins, and Rondo grabbed a rebound, and Rondo dished four assists. Even though the Raptors went on runs late in the game to threaten the Celtics lead, this early advantage gave the C’€™s a cushion throughout the afternoon.

– All of the Celtics starters scored in double digits eight minutes into the third quarter. Pierce added 16 points in his second game back from a right knee infection.

– The Celtics held Hedo Turkoglu [7] scoreless until 6:24 in the third. He finished the game with just five points (2-for-9 FG).

– Chris Bosh fouled out with ten seconds left in the game. He led all scorers with 31 points.