Pierce and Walker scored a total of just 26 points -- fewer than
half their combined averages -- and Boston held Toronto to a
franchise-low nine points in the fourth quarter as the Celtics won
It was Boston's fourth consecutive victory.
"I guess that answers the question of whether we can win if me
and Paul don't score," Walker said. "It was a big win for us. It
was a team win."
He and Pierce came into the game averaging 53.3 points together.
Pierce scored 48 himself in the overtime victory Saturday over the
New Jersey Nets.
Kenny Anderson added 14 points and seven assists for the
Celtics, who finished a five-game road trip 4-1 for the first time
"Our nine wins have been on the defensive end, except for
Saturday when Paul had 48," said Walker, who went 5-for-20 from
the field. "Defense wins games for us, so we have to look
ourselves in the mirror and understand what makes us a good team."
Vince Carter had 17 points for the Raptors, who shot a
season-low 32 percent. Toronto set a franchise low in the second
half with just 25 points.
Dell Curry's 3-pointer with 20 second lefts prevented Toronto
from having its lowest scoring quarter ever.
"It was just a day when nothing went right," said Toronto's
Antonio Davis, whose team had trouble with Boston's zone defense.
"We have to watch a lot of film. Even in times when we've
practiced the zone, we've had trouble with it. I hope that doesn't
get out because teams are going to play more zone against us."
The Celtics finished with just 12 points in the fourth.
The Raptors, who won their previous four games, went just
4-for-25 on 3-pointers.
"We just defended for 48 minutes today," said Pierce, who went
4-for-16 from the field. "Guys' legs were tired but we sucked it
up. We didn't have a good offensive night, but we can win games if
we play defense."
The Celtics made four of their five 3-point attempts in the
first quarter and led by as many as 13. But the Raptors narrowed it
to two at halftime after Boston missed all five of its 3-point
attempts in the second quarter, and Toronto's Tracy Murray scored
11 points in the period.
"It was a very good win," Boston coach Jim O'Brien said. "We
were impressive defensively. We played tenacious."
Game notes Toronto's 69 points were its fewest since scoring a
franchise-worst 64 against Charlotte on Nov. 20, 2000. ... The NBA
record for fewest points in the fourth quarter is six. ...
Toronto's Chris Childs missed his second consecutive game because of a
sprained right ankle. ... Carter had six assists in the first half.