The Boston Celtics have now extended their win streak to 12 games after taking down the Toronto Raptors 95-94 in the TD Garden. The game went back and forth for quite some time, but in the end, the green team was able to grind out a very impressive win.
First off, the GBos Player(s) of the Game: Al Horford and Marcus Smart
Horford came into this game after missing the previous couple. However, that did not appear to affect him whatsoever. Horford did not miss a beat as he scored 21 points (yet again proving my Horford Theory). But Big Al is not the only player deserving of the GBos Player of the Game award. Marcus Smart was phenomenal. He tallied 14 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals along with many other defensive plays. Smart also lead the way for the Celtics with a +/- of +11 in 32 minutes of play.
The C's came out looking good. Almost as if they were much better than the Raptors even without Irving. However, towards the end of the 1st quarter the Raptors were gaining momentum.
But just like the Celtics' control early on, that Raptors lead quickly dwindled and the Celtics took command of the game by the end of the 3rd quarter. This was much in thanks to Terry Rozier's off-the-bench contribution. As he had 12 points heading into the 4th.
It should also be noted that the Raptors had more than a few opportunities to win this game, but they couldn't pull it off. So, just to top it all off, if you are a Raptors fan... just know that your team "lost" that game just as much as the Celtics won it.