Jayson Tatum helps the Celtics beat the Raptors, 104-88

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BOSTON (AP) – Jayson Tatum scored 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in the Boston Celtics’ 104-88 win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

Robert Williams III added 16 points and 13 rebounds, with the eight best in his career arriving on the offensive glass. Dennis Schroder scored 20 points, Josh Richardson 15 and Marcus Smart 13.

Scottie Barnes led Toronto with 21 points, Fred VanVleet with 16 and OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. each with 14. The Raptors dropped to 4-1 away.

In the first match of the season between the two teams, in the Boston home debut on 11 October. 22 – The Raptors won with 32 points, and Celtics manager Ime Uboka said his team was “buggered”. Boston was whistled off the pitch at half-time.

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Boston has never been behind, leading by 16 points at half-time and 12 after three quarters.

The Celtics opened with an 8-0 run in the middle of the quarter, leading 95-79 on Tatum’s leading basket with 5:35 to play.

Playing only his second game of the season after being sidelined with a shoulder injury, Pascal Siakim scored eight points in 30 minutes for Toronto.

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Raptors: Siakim scored 15 points and four rebounds in 25 minutes in his first game, a 13-point loss to Brooklyn on Sunday. … Malachi Flynn was called for a Flagrant 1 foul in the middle of the second.

Celtics: G Jaylen Brown was out. He should jump 1-2 weeks with a tight right hamstring. “It doesn’t change much, but some of the plays we call for Jaylen, we have to give to other guys,” Uboka said before the game. … G Romeo Langford is back after missing his last game in Dallas on Saturday with what Udoka called a “non-COVID disease”. He made his first shot, a triple, and scored six points in 19 minutes. … Williams had nine rebounds in the first half, a career record of seven off the offensive scoreboard.

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Raptors: Thursday night in Philadelphia.

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Celtics: Hosts Milwaukee on Friday night.

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