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Furious Celtics comeback falls short against Raptors

Jerryd Bayless poured in 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to spearhead a furious Celtics [1] comeback, but after Boston knotted the game at 103 in the final half-minute, a putback by Amir Johnson with seven seconds left gave the Raptors a 105-103 victory, finalized when Jared Sullinger missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Celtics [1] entered the final quarter down by a dozen points, but a 28-12 run put them ahead at 101-97 with just over three minutes remaining. However, the C’s went on to make just one more bucket over the duration of the contest, with the Raptors closing with a 6-2 run that culminated in Johnson’s putback following a game-tying layup by Rajon Rondo [2] with 29 seconds left.

Bayless led the Celtics [3] with 20 points, Jeff Green [4] had 16 and six members of the team finished in double digits on a night when Boston shot 53 percent from the floor. With the loss, the Celtics remained tied with the Jazz [5] for the fourth-worst record in the NBA.

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