Celtics Top­ple Rap­tors for 12th Straight Win

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BOS­TON (Dis­patches) - The Celtics earned their 12th straight NBA win by de­feat­ing the Toronto Rap­tors 95-94 at TD Gar­den in Bos­ton on Sun­day.

Play­ing with­out star point guard Kyrie Irv­ing, the Celtics worked their way back from a five-point half­time deficit. Al Hor­ford re­turned to the lineup af­ter miss­ing two games with a con­cus­sion, and he scored 21 points on eight-of-nine shoot­ing, while also dish­ing out four as­sists.

The Celtics are no strangers to play­ing with­out key play­ers. Gor­don Hay­ward (out for the sea­son), Jayson Ta­tum, Irv­ing and Hor­ford have all missed time, yet they re­main atop the East­ern Con­fer­ence standings. Mar­cus Smart started in place of Irv­ing on Mon­day, and he scored 14 points with nine as­sists and five re­bounds. Backup point guard Terry Rozier added 16 points with six re­bounds.

Bos­ton has av­er­aged just 102.2 points per game so far this sea­son, which is third-worst in the East. But they have held teams to an NBA-best 94.0 points per game. If the Celtics can con­tinue play­ing sti­fling de­fense, they could be tough to beat once the lineup is near full strength.

Tobias Har­ris and Avery Bradley led the Detriot Pis­tons to a 112-103 win over the Heat. Har­ris scored 25 points, mak­ing five of eight at­tempts from three-point range while haul­ing in seven re­bounds. Bradley added 24 points with six re­bounds and two steals. Detroit has now won five straight games and eight of their last nine.

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