The Boston Celtics defeated the Toronto Raptors 117-94 in a home game, improving their home record to 4-0. Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 29 points, while Jayson Tatum contributed 27 points. Brown scored 21 points in the second half and also grabbed five rebounds. Tatum had five rebounds and four assists in addition to his scoring. Kristaps Porzingis also had a strong performance for Boston, contributing 21 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. Pascal Siakam was the top scorer for the Raptors with 17 points, and he also recorded seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Dennis Schroder, Jakob Poeltl, Malachi Flynn, and Scottie Barnes also scored in double figures for Toronto. The game marked the end of a four-game road trip for the Raptors, who were aiming for their third consecutive victory after wins against San Antonio and Dallas. The Celtics took control of the game early, leading 30-26 after the first quarter and 55-46 at halftime. They extended their lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Raptors 21-7 in the opening minutes. Boston entered the final quarter with a comfortable 88-71 lead. The Celtics’ largest lead came when Brown’s dunk put them up 103-73 with 6:46 remaining in the game. Boston shot an impressive 54.7 percent from the field and dominated in the paint, outscoring the Raptors 60-42 in that area. Toronto struggled with their shooting, making only 38.5 percent of their field goal attempts and 10 of 37 from beyond the arc. Sam Hauser was the only other Celtics player to reach double figures, scoring 12 points with four 3-pointers. Al Horford, who missed the previous game due to a knee injury, returned to the court and contributed seven points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes of play.
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