Siakam scores 25 as Raptors rout slumping Celtics 118-95
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 27, 2019 11:57 AM
FILE - WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 20: Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors handles the ball against the Washington Wizards on October 20, 2018 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam scored 25 points, Kawhi Leonard had 21 and the Toronto Raptors used a huge second quarter to rout the struggling Boston Celtics 118-95 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Serge Ibaka scored 14 points and Norman Powell added 11 as Toronto extended its home winning streak over Boston to eight. The Celtics have not win in Canada since a 117-116 overtime victory on April 4, 2015.
Kyle Lowry had 11 assists and Toronto led by as many as 31, turning the game around by outscoring Boston 36-13 in the decisive second.
The Raptors have won 15-of-17 at home, where they’re 26-6 overall.
Marcus Morris scored 17 points, and Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier each had 11 as Boston lost for the fifth time in seven games.
Kyrie Irving scored seven points. It was his lowest-scoring game since he had three points against Detroit on Oct. 27 (Oct. 28, PHL time).
Siakam, meanwhile, matched his career-best by connecting four times in five attempts from long range.
Boston and Toronto split their four meetings this season, with the home team winning each time.
The Celtics led 32-30 after one quarter and scored the opening points of the second, but the Raptors answered with an 18-0 run to lead 48-34 at 7:14. Leonard’s fast break dunk at 3:06 put Toronto up by 20, 59-39. The Raptors led 66-45 at halftime.
The Celtics had twice as many turnovers in the second quarter (eight) as made baskets (four).
Toronto improved to 9-0 on Tuesdays (Wednesday, PHL time), while the Celtics dropped to 5-1.
Celtics: G Brad Wanamaker (illness) was not available. ... Boston has lost three straight on the road.
Raptors: Toronto had 11 assists on 14 made baskets in the second. ... The Raptors are 8-1 in February. ... Toronto lost both visits to Boston this season, including one overtime defeat.
Celtics: Host Portland on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Raptors: Host Portland on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).