Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/18

Game 1: Friday, November 18th
Game 2: Sunday, March 5th
Game 3: Wednesday, March 22nd
Game 4: Tuesday, April 4th

Raptors 93

(0-9, 0-3 away)

Celtics 100

(4-5, 4-3 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 18, 2005

    TD Garden, Boston, MA

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 22 26 20 2593
    BOS 18 26 26 30100

    Top Performers

    Tor: C. Bosh 24 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    Bos: R. Davis 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Celtics get 26 from Piece, Davis; Raptors still winless

    BOSTON (AP) -- Former Connecticut star Charlie Villanueva is doing his best to take the Toronto Raptors' 0-9 start in stride.

    "We just have to learn how to win," said Villanueva, who scored all 18 of points in the first half in the Raptors' 100-93 loss to Boston on Friday night.

    "We played a pretty decent half, but didn't get it done when it counted the most. We dug ourselves this hole and now we have to dig out."

    Toronto cut the Celtics' lead to one at 90-89 on Chris Bosh's dunk with 1:59 to play, but Boston responded with a 10-4 run -- including four points each from Mark Blount and Paul Pierce -- to put the Raptors away.

    "They're struggling now, but when you think of Bosh, Villanueva and Joey Graham, it's not a bad future for them," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I remember the experts on draft day ripping Villanueva. They should all line up now and apologize."

    Bosh had 24 points and 14 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double and seventh of the season.

    Pierce and Ricky Davis each scored 26 for the Celtics, leading Boston to its seventh victory in its last eight games against Toronto.

    "I think we played with a lot more energy," said Pierce, who added 11 rebounds and five assists. "We scrapped for loose balls and that's what we're going to need to do on a more consistent basis. We're playing a team with they're back up against the wall, desperate for a win, and we were able to pull it out."

    Davis had seven assists, Mark Blount scored 14 points for the Celtics, including two big baskets down the stretch, and Delonte West added 13.

    Morris Peterson added 16 points for the Raptors. Coming off his first scoreless night in more than seven years, Jalen Rose scored 11 points, and Mike James, following a career-high 38 points, was limited to 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting.

    Villanueva was 3-of-4 from beyond the arc to give the Raptors a 48-44 halftime lead. The Raptors lead by as many as 10 points in the half, but West's 3-pointer and a 12-foot jumper by Davis cut the halftime deficit to four.

    Game notes

    With the signing of Darrick Martin, the Raptors have five players who shoot left-handed: Martin, Bosh, Peterson, Rose and Aaron Williams. ... Boston's Raef LaFrentz reached 5,000 career points with a free throw with 4:34 left.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 93 100
    FGM-FGA 33-84 (.393) 36-74 (.486)
    3PM-3PA 9-21 (.429) 6-18 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 18-26 (.692) 22-27 (.815)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-37 7-43
    Assists 19 22
    Turnovers 13 15
    Steals 10 6
    Blocks 2 4
    Fast Break Points 3 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 26 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 10 8

    Top Performers

    Chris Bosh Bosh
    Points: 24
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Ricky Davis Davis
    Points: 26
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0