Raptors No Match For Celts' Juggernaut

Indiana defeats surprising Orlando; Rockets win at NJ
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2007 11:23 PM CST
Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, drives by Toronto Raptors' Joey Graham during the second half of their game in Boston on Friday, Dec. 7, 2007. Boston won by 28 points. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The franchise with 16 NBA championships got its 16th win in 18 games tonight, blowing out Toronto 112-84, reports the Globe and Mail. Boston improved to 10-0 at home and dominated the shorthanded Raptors throughout, shooting 53% and getting the usual solid performance from Kevin Garnett with 23 points. The injured Chris Bosh was out again for Toronto. Also tonight:

  • Orlando's defense, called "awful" on this night by its coach, blew a fourth-quarter lead for the first time this season as the Magic lost 115-109. Budding superstar Dwight Howard scored 30 for Orlando.
  • Yao Ming had 25 points and Houston's three-point shooters were on the mark,  hitting 50 percent in the Rockets' seven-point win at New Jersey.