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Leonard, Raptors warms up in the second half, Celtics drops

EditorsNote: Tweaks in 9th, 13th grafs Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points – 22 in the second half – and added…

EditorsNote: Tweaks in 9th, 13th grafs

Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points – 22 in the second half – and added 10 rebounds to help the Toronto Raptors defeat the visiting Boston Celtics 113-101 Friday night.

Serge Ibaka scored 21 points for Raptors while Kyle Lowry had 15 points, Danny Green 14 and Fred VanVleet 11.

Kyrie Irving led Celtics 21 points and Jayson Tatum scored 16 points with nine rebounds. Al Horford had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Boston while Gordon Hayward also scored 14 points and Jaylen Brown had 13.

Toronto took a three-point lead in the fourth quarter and had it up to six with about six minutes to play.

Lowrys 3 pointer with about two minutes to play the Raptors forward with eight points and his jumpers increased the lead to 1

0 points at the last minute and settled the competition between two Eastern Conference participants.

Tatum finished the first quarter with a 3 pointer to give Celtics a 25-18 lead.

The Raptors took a 39-38 lead on Ibakas running pants by 5:27 to play in the first half, but 19 seconds later, Tatum Boston’s only bullet with a backstick bracket restored.

The team went more than two minutes without scoring before Ibaka put Toronto in a 41-40 lead with a twist shake.

Celtics went on a 13-5 rise before VanVleet nailed a 3 pointer at the summer, cutting Boston’s lead to 53-49.

Ibaka led the first half with 13 points and Leonard left nine to Toronto.

Tatum and Irving led the Celtics in half with nine points each.

Leonard scored 15 points in the second half in just over six minutes to give Toronto a 71-69 lead.

An arrangement of CJ Miles gave Toronto a one-man lead at 1:46 in the third quarter.

The Raptors led 82-79 after the third quarter.

Brown’s 3-pointers gave Celtics a short one-point lead at 9:03 in fourth, but Toronto re-established a three-point lead on VanVleet’s layup and Norman Powell’s fadeaway jumpers.

Leonard’s 3 pointers encountered the lead at six with 6:16 to go.

-Field Level Media

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