Winless Raptors head to Beantown
(Sports Network) – The Toronto Raptors try once again for that elusive first
victory of the season this evening when they head to Boston to face the
Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden.
The Raptors’ extended their franchise worst start on Wednesday, as they
dropped a 121-115 decision to the re-hot Philadelphia 76ers in the conclusion
of a home-and-home series at the Air Canada Centre.
Mike James scored a career-high 38 points for Toronto, which has dropped
its first eight games of the season. The Raptors and the Atlanta Hawks (x-x)
remain the league’s only winless teams.
Chris Bosh, who had 23 points and 10 rebounds, added his sixth double-double
of the season while Joey Graham added a career-high 13 points for the Raptors.
Toronto, which has made a three- pointer in 540 consecutive games, the longest
active streak in the NBA, will return home on Sunday to face the Heat before
beginning a four-game homestand. The Raps are 0-2 away from home this season.
Boston, meanwhile, comes in riding a losing streak of its own after falling
113-100 at home to the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday.
Paul Pierce had a team-high 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting for the Celtics, who
have dropped two straight by nearly identical scores. They lost 115-100
Tuesday night at Detroit.
Ricky Davis added 21 points and nine assists, while Raef LaFrentz had 14
The Celtics, who will close a brief two-game homestand tonight, are 3-3 in
their arena this season.
Boston took three of four from the Raptors last season and has won six of the
last seven meetings. Toronto has also struggled in Beantown, where they have
dropped five straight and six of its last seven.