It was a home opener to forget on Friday night for the Boston Celtics, who turned the ball over 25 times and lost a 115-83 blowout to the Toronto Raptors at TD Garden. Raptors second-year forward Scottie Barnes, who was playing in just his second career game, led all scorers with 25 points and added 13 rebounds.
The Celtics had a rough combination of high turnovers and getting beat on the defensive glass. The Raptors had 21 offensive rebounds as a team, compared to just 10 for Boston at the other end.
Toronto outscored Boston 33-17 in the third quarter and never looked back from there. All five Raptors starters scored in double figures, including 20 points for guard Gary Trent Jr.
Jayson Tatum had a more efficient offensive night than he did in the Celtics’ season opener, scoring 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting. But Jaylen Brown went cold after scoring a career-high 46 on Wednesday night, shooting just 3-for-13 from the floor and finishing with nine points. The Celtics shot just 39 percent as a team on the night.
The C’s have to head back out on the road for the next game. They’ll look to get back on track against the Houston Rockets on Sunday, with tip-off expected at 7 p.m. ET.
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