Celtics edge Raptors in overtime battle of Eastern powers

Annette Crawford
November 18, 2018

The Celtics will look to extend their win streak to three against the Utah Jazz, who dispatched Boston on November 9 when the teams met in Salt Lake City.

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In the first meeting between the Jazz and Celtics this season, Joe Ingles scored 27 points and added seven assists, former Celtic Jae Crowder posted 20 points, six rebounds and four assists off the bench, Mitchell scored 21 and Gobert had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Jazz.

I don't think he's almost 100 per cent healthy - I'm wondering if they'll give him one of the back-to-back games off mid-week - and I also think teams are far more aware of him now than perhaps they were last season.

Hayward opened overtime with two free throws, and then answered an Ibaka score with a turnaround from the baseline.

"It was just a veteran game out there, just great competition for a Friday night in the NBA", Irving said. "I don't want to say 'hopefully, ' but I think this test tonight will set a precedent going forward for us".

Losing three in a row is never good news. "You've got to appreciate that, two great teams going at it".

Nevertheless, we will still get two more of these showdowns in the regular season.

"Obviously we are going up against a great team right now".

Toronto led through most of the third and the early part of the fourth quarter.

Irving didn't win the ensuing tip on his own but he challenged Leonard enough that Leonard's swipe directed the ball directly to Tatum, and ultimately led to Irving shooting free throws at the other end.

"It's just respect between us".

Late in the third quarter, Kyle Lowry got Tatum in the air with a fake and then tried to duck under him as the Celtics forward came over the top.

Lowry went to the floor but remained in the game and made both free throws to give Toronto a 78-68 lead their first double-digit advantage of the game. The teams, which have won 11 of the last 12 Atlantic Division championships, will play twice more.

After cruising to a win over the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night, the Celtics pulled out a 123-116 overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors Friday night at TD Garden.

In Philadelphia, Jimmy Butler scored 28 points in his home debut for the 76ers, leading the way in a 113-107 victory over the Utah Jazz. Carter is only scoring 11.5 points per game, but he's also pulling down 7.6 rebounds, dishing out 2.3 assists and blocking 1.9 shots per game.

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