Celtics dominate Christmas matchup with Raptors, 118-102

Celtics dominate Christmas matchup with Raptors, 118-102

The Boston Celtics brought lumps of coal over the border and dumped them all over the Raptors on Christmas Day.

- It really is too bad that the Raptors weren't at full strength for Wednesday's Christmas Day game against the Boston Celtics. He shot 76.9 percent from the field. "Been in the league for four years, I've never won in this building".

The 27-year-old big man is averaging 7.8 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Celtics this season. "I was just trying to play within the game".

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"It's been a long time, and something I'd been playing through", Hayward said Tuesday. "It's good, it's good". If Kanter had been unable to play Wednesday, Boston would have had only starter Daniel Theis and rookies Grant Williams and Tacko Fall available. He's scored 24 or more in his last three games. It will have been much more enjoyable and entertaining for everybody to see two actually good groups go at it at full energy (Boston was lacking Marcus Sensible, its greatest defender, however Toronto didn't have its new celebrity, Pascal Siakam, its steadying presence, Marc Gasol, and Norman Powell, who's having the flawless season of his profession). Nurse had no update on the status of the trio, but acknowledged their absence is making life hard. He also grabbed six rebounds in this game for Toronto. Chris Boucher added a career-best 24 points and Kyle Lowry contributed 14 points and Serge Ibaka had 12 points. The Raptors shot 8 for 23 from 3-point range. Kanter arrived dressed in a black T-shirt that said "Freedom for ALL" in white letters.

In an article he wrote for Time in 2018, Kanter said he is "now stateless and pretty much can't leave the United States".

"Definitely fantastic", a smiling Kanter said.

"I always start with the key of it is you've gotta just accept it, and then accept that there's some opportunities for people and be excited about that", Nurse said. Just going out there was more than just a basketball game. "But I haven't been able to go to cities outside the U.S".

The center of the Boston Celtics has been pressured to skip video video games outdoor america, on account of tenuous state of affairs with the Turkish authorities and president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkish prosecutors have accused Kanter of membership in a terror organization and issued an worldwide warrant for his arrest. Tatum's layup got the lead to 19 with 57.7 seconds left.

"They hit us early but I thought we recovered well", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. Siakam's energy and abilities were badly missed, as were Gasol's defensive smarts and Powell's scoring punch. The Celtics won the Christmas tilt in spite of a down afternoon for Jayson Tatum, who scored just 11 points on 5-for-18 (27.8 percent) from the field.

For the first time in franchise history, the Toronto Raptors participated in the Christmas Day proceedings. The Celtics shot 46 for 92 (50%).

Boston finally snapped that streak with today's win, but the Raptors still own them at Scotiabank Arena. Now you're playing in it, so it's going to be cool. "It's fine, it's fine".

Toronto Raptors' Fred VanVleet and Kyle Lowry guard the net against Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker, in Toronto, on December 25, 2019. "We want to win as professionals, but sometimes it's the bigger picture", VanVleet mentioned. The nurse did not have up-to-date information on the status of the trio, but acknowledged that her absence makes her life hard.

Kanter, who hosted 50 basketball camps a year ago in the USA, said he'd love to host two or three in Canada this summer.

The Raptors' loss was their first in 35 home appearances versus Atlantic Division opponents.

In 2017, Kanter's Turkish passport was revoked, and he was detained in a Romanian airport while traveling, leading to a warrant for his arrest by Turkish prosecutors. Turkish prosecutors accused Kanter of belonging to a terrorist organization and issued an worldwide order for his arrest. After being changed to Portland in February, he did not join the Trail Blazers for his March 1 game in Toronto.

Enes Kanter wore his heart on his chest for the Boston Celtics' Christmas Day game in Toronto. After the strike, the Celtics beat Toronto 28-9 to lead 28-19 after one.

"We landed and they were like, 'OK, here's the moment!'" Kanter told reporters prior to tipoff.

Celtics: Cleveland host on Friday.

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