Celtics 101, Raptors 89
TORONTO (AP) _ Kenny Anderson scored 23 points and Antoine Walker had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Boston Celtics beat the Toronto Raptors 101-89 Thursday night.
Boston won its second in a row after snapping a four-game losing streak. Toronto has lost two straight at home after winning nine in a row at home.
Ron Mercer had 18 points, Paul Pierce 15 and Vitaly Potapenko 11 for the Celtics, who beat the Raptors for the first time this season following two losses.
Rookie Vince Carter led Toronto with 31 points, including a basket that cut Boston’s lead to six with 5:20 remaining. But Mercer hit a 3-pointer to spark a 9-2 Boston run, and Toronto got no closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
Anderson, who refused to report to Toronto last season, was booed every time he touched the ball. He had seven assists and was 3-for-4 from 3-point range.
The Celtics were 8-for-13 from long range, including 4-for-5 by Walker.
Boston used its full-court press to force 22 turnovers that the Celtics converted into 25 points.
Doug Christie scored 12 points to help the Raptors take a 46-42 halftime lead.
Notes: Boston’s Dwayne Schintzius did not travel to Toronto due to the death of his grandmother. ... Toronto’s Charles Oakley, who played 10 seasons with the New York Knicks, said he would hate to see coach Jeff Van Gundy get fired. ``Jeff is a great coach. He hasn’t made any of the decisions over the years. They should look at the person who makes the decisions,″ Oakley said. ... Potapenko was taken out of the game in the first quarter because he had a small cut on his forehead. Referee Tony Brothers saw blood, but Celtics coach Rick Pitino screamed ``He not bleeding! Where’s the blood!″