Wednesday, Jan. 19 7:00pm ET
Pierce takes a bite out of Raptors
Charles Oakley had
10 rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost five consecutive road
"We need to learn how to do a lot of things," Oakley said.
"Lately, we haven't played well on the road and we've been up and
down at home. We have a lot of work to do."
Antoine Walker had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Vitaly
Potapenko also had 12 boards -- two in the crucial final minute.
The Celtics trailed 75-62 at the start of the fourth before
mounting a 16-8 run that included two 3-pointers and four free
throws by Pierce. After Toronto expanded the lead to 89-78, the
Celtics ran off the next 14 points.
"We got outplayed for about 43 minutes," Cheaney said.
Toronto led 89-86 when Potapenko missed an eight-footer that
could have cut the lead to one. At the other end, Doug Christie
missed a 3-point attempt at 24-second buzzer, and Potapenko got the
He grabbed another board off a Celtics miss and dished it to
Cheaney in the left corner, who hit the 3 to tie it with 52 seconds
to play. After Carter's miss and Kenny Anderson's rebound, Pierce
nailed the 3 to win it.
Toronto led by one when Carter hit a half-court shot to beat the
first-half buzzer, giving the Raptors a 53-49 lead.
Toronto scored 10 of the first 11 points in the second half to
take a 63-50 lead, opening a 16-point advantage midway through the
Oakley returned after serving a one-game suspension for failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection Saturday for a flagrant foul and for "extreme unsportsmanlike conduct." ... Carter has scored at least 10 points in all 39 games, breaking double digits Wednesday when his half-court buzzer-beater gave him 11 at the half. He also had a highlight reel dunk on a breakaway. ... Potapenko and Antonio Davis picked up double technicals after they went chest-to-chest in the middle of the third quarter. ... Before the game, Walter McCarty led a remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.