Friday , Nov , 18 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Davis, Pierce keep Raptors winless

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Ricky Davis and Paul Pierce each scored 26
points as the Boston Celtics kept the Toronto Raptors winless in a 100-93
victory at TD Banknorth Garden.

Toronto has not won in its first nine games and extended its worst start in
franchise history.

Davis added seven assists and five rebounds as Boston snapped a two-game
losing streak. Pierce also pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out five
assists.

Mark Blount chipped in with 14 points for Boston, which has now won seven of
the last eight meetings.

Chris Bosh scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Charlie Villanueva
netted 18 points for the Raptors, who can’t seem to find any ways to pull out
a win. Mike James pitched in with 12 points and dished out seven assists in
defeat.

At the half Toronto led 48-44, but the Celtics outscored the Raptors, 26-20,
in the third quarter to take a 70-68 lead heading into the final period.

Toronto and Boston opened the fourth quarter going back and forth trading
leads.

With 5:08 remaining to play, Davis hit a tough fade-away jump shot to give
Boston a 85-80 advantage.

Toronto got to within one point at 90-89 after Bosh slammed home two points
with 2:37 to go.

With 15 seconds to play in the game, Davis converted two free-throws to give
Boston an insurmountable 98-90 lead.

Toronto ended the first quarter leading 22-18 after Villanueva tipped in a
Jose Calderon miss at the buzzer. The play was reviewed, and the referees
ruled the basket fell before time expired.

Jalen Rose ended the first quarter with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting to lead
the Raptors.

James would nail a 15-foot jumper with 8:30 remaining in the second quarter to
put Toronto up 31-23.

Toronto jumped to a 48-39 lead after James hit two free throws with 2:17 left
in the first half.

The Raptors closed out the first half up 48-44 behind Villanueva, who came off
the bench to score 18 points, including three three-pointers.

Game Notes

Boston is now 4-3 at home this season…Celtics center Raef LaFrentz reached
5,000 career points. He had eight points on the night…Toronto made a three-
pointer for the 541st straight game, which is the best current streak in the
NBA.

BOS TOR