Celtics play the Raptors, aim for 4th straight win

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It appeared as if Boston had cinder blocks on their legs and it also appeared as if they weren't ready to play. They've won 12 of the last 14 games against the Celtics in Toronto.

- However they do what the schedule tells them and get to take pleasure in a little bit of a break earlier than a rematch in Boston.

"I was feeling good", said Brown, who scored those 30 points while going 10-for-13 from the field.

At the start of the week, Kanter received word that Canada would give him a "safe entry" to the country so he could play with his team on Christmas Day. He had 14 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds, and his mere presence opened up opportunities elsewhere with the spacing that was created.

Gordon Hayward of Boston returned to the starting lineup after missing the last three games due to a pain in his left foot.

Jayson Tatum had four offensive boards while Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter had three apiece to lead the team. He shot 85.7 percent from the field. He shot over 50% from the sphere for the primary time since December 5, hit a few three-pointers after making exclusively three, complete, over his earlier three video games (and taking pictures 33% from the sphere total in them) and was Toronto's peskiest defender, choosing up 4 extra steals (he's fourth within the National Basketball Association in steals per recreation). He ended up with 12 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for the Celtics.

The approval for Kanter to play a game in Canada is surprising as the Celtics center has avoided playing in global games due to his issues with the Turkish government. Kanter grabbed 11 rebounds and recorded one assist.

Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 27 points, but without much firepower anywhere else, the Raptors couldn't keep up with the Celtics falling down by as many as 22 points.

Fred VanVleet had 27 points while Chris Boucher added a career-high 24 for the Raptors (21-10), who sorely missed the service of injured teammates Pascal Siakam (groin), Marc Gasol (hamstring), and Norman Powell (shoulder).

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The Montrealer got a late start to the game, only picking it up not all that long ago. Lowry at one point had to go to the locker room and get checked out, but he was fine after that.

"We weren't quite physical enough, I thought, for most stretches of the game", Toronto coach Nick Nurse said.

Kanter hadn't played a game in Toronto in over a year after Turkey, his home country, issued an worldwide warrant for his arrest. Boston is 8-0 this season when it shoots 50% or better. The Raptors' last home loss to an Atlantic team was a 111-109 loss to the New York Knicks on November 10, 2015.

The Celtics are 13-4 in conference play.

Here are three takeaways from the Boston Celtics Christmas Day victory over the Toronto Raptors.

TV channel: ESPN - This will be the first game of the day and will be carried on ESPN.

While playing for the Knicks, Kanter traveled to Toronto for an worldwide game, but when he joined the Portland Trail Blazers later on in the season he did not go back for the team's game against the Raptors over concerns that he would be arrested and extradited to Turkey. Toronto fell to 21-10, including just 5-10 against opponents above.500, with Boston improving to 21-7.

The Celtics led the Raptors at halftime, 55-47.

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