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Nov 10, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) makes the rebound and basket against the Toronto Raptors in the second quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics earned a 104-88 win over the Toronto Raptors at TD Garden on Wednesday night, on the strength of a balanced offensive attack and solid defense. Center Robert Williams made an impact at both ends of the court in the victory, scoring 16 points while leading the team with 13 rebounds and a plus-20 rating.

Williams had eight offensive rebounds, more than the Raptors’ entire team combined (6). He swung the game multiple times with defensive plays into transition offense.

One of his more impressive sequences came in the second quarter, when he contested a Pascal Siakam shot then raced to the other end for a slam dunk off the outlet pass from Jayson Tatum.

  • Soon after that, Williams extended the Celtics’ lead to 13 when he finished an alley-oop from Marcus Smart.

  • In the third quarter, Williams deflected a Siakam pass attempt, which went to the hands of Marcus Smart for the steal. Smart then launched it to Dennis Schröder at the other end for an easy two.

  • Williams wasn’t alone; Tatum had himself a night as well. Tatum led all scorers with 22 points and nearly triple-doubled, pulling down 12 rebounds and dishing out 7 assists. All five starters, plus Josh Richardson off the bench, scored in double figures.

  • From the Celtics’ perspective, the win was a satisfying response to a disappointing loss to Toronto in the season opener. They’ve won three out of four games since blowing a 19-point lead in a loss to the Chicago Bulls, which prompted a players-only meeting.

    Boston is still just 5-6 to start the 2021-22 season. They’ll look to get back to .500 on Saturday against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks.