Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Friday, November 23rd
Game 2: Sunday, December 2nd
Game 3: Monday, January 21st
Game 4: Thursday, January 31st

Celtics 85

(9-6, 5-3 away)

Raptors 69

(11-7, 5-3 home)

    3:00 PM ET, December 2, 2001

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    BOS 27 36 10 1285
    TOR 18 40 2 969

    Top Performers

    Bos: K. Anderson 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Tor: V. Carter 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Celtics stifle cold-shooting Raptors, Carter

    TORONTO (AP) -- The Boston Celtics didn't need Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker to have high-scoring games.

    Vince Carter

    One surefire way to stop Vince Carter: foul him.

    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 85-69 Sunday.

    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 since 1991.

    "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."

    Eric Williams added 13 points, and Vitaly Potapenko had 11 for the Celtics, who shot just 40 percent.

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 69
    FGM-FGA 29-73 (.397) 28-88 (.318)
    3PM-3PA 7-24 (.292) 4-25 (.160)
    FTM-FTA 20-26 (.769) 9-14 (.643)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-50 18-50
    Assists 14 20
    Turnovers 12 12
    Steals 9 6
    Blocks 8 5
    Fast Break Points 14 23
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (2/0) 22 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Kenny Anderson Anderson
    Points: 14
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 17
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0