On a night after St. Patrick’s Day, it seems as though the luck of the Irish wasn’t with the Boston Celtics, but definitely on the side of the Toronto Raptors, who pulled out a 105-91 win over the opposition. Kyle Lowry continued his spectacular play and the men from the Six were firing on all cylinders. Let’s take a look at Cage’s post game report card.
The offence was incredible. Toronto shot 48 percent from the field, 46% from beyond the arc and assisted on 18 of their 37 made field goals. Kyle Lowry led the way with 32 points and 5 helpers, while Luis Scola chipped in 17. DeMar DeRozan continued to impress with his all-around game of 15 points, 7 boards and 6 assists. The Dinos were simply unstoppable on the offensive end as they made more free throws (18) than Boston even attempted (12).
The defence was very good as the Raps managed to hold the Celtics to 91 points on 44 percent shooting from the field. Toronto also forced 15 turnovers and committed 10 steals. The only thing the Raptors let get away was the perimeter shooting as Boston shot 43 percent from beyond the arc, up from their season average of 33 percent. Overall, the team played strong defence, ultimately resulting in a win.
It’s pretty impressive that the Raptors managed to win the rebounding battle 40-37, even without their leader in boards, Jonas Valanciunas. It goes to show the chemistry of this team is strong and that others are willing to step up in the absence of a key player. Bismack Biyombo led the effort with 11 boards, as DeMar DeRozan had 7, and Jason Thompson chipped in 5.
Another incredible effort from the star guard who had a total of 32 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2
steals and a block. On top of the outstanding all-around stat line, Lowry shot identically from the field as he did from the charity stripe as he went 9/14 from both. While the free throw percentage was not great, the 63 percent from downtown definitely made up for it. The Toronto Raptors will only go as far as number 7 takes it, so let’s hope he rides this hot hand into the playoffs.