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Sullinger scored 25 points and grabbed a career-best 20 rebounds, Avery Bradley had 20 points and the Boston Celtics held on to snap a nine-game losing streak with an 88-83 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.
“That might be the first time all season that we’ve won with defense,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said of his team’s off shooting night.
The Celtics won despite hitting just 34.5 percent from the floor (29 of 84) and only 3 of 20 in the final quarter.
The Raptors weren’t much better from the field, making only 38.5 percent (30 of 78).
“Honestly, we missed a lot of shots we usually make,” DeRozan said. “It was just one of those nights. That’s when you have to pick up on the defensive end and we just didn’t do it.”
Trailing 73-56 entering the final quarter, the Raptors scored 18 of the first 22 points to close the gap to 77-74 on Steve Novak’s 3 from the left corner with 4 1/2 minutes to play. Boston missed 13 of its first 15 shots in the opening eight minutes of the fourth.
Toronto had it down to 81-78, but DeRozan lost the ball on a drive with about 40 seconds left.
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