Can't tame the beast

Raptors' Chris Bosh reacts to missing a shot during overtime action against the Celtics on Sunday....

Raptors' Chris Bosh reacts to missing a shot during overtime action against the Celtics on Sunday. (SUN MEDIA/Dave Abel)

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET

It's certainly no news flash that Kevin Garnett is a beast.

But the way he beat up on the Raptors, and Chris Bosh in particular in overtime yesterday, was almost frightening.

The Celtics scored a Raptors opponent record 20 points in OT, led by Garnett's 10, to hold on for a 98-95 win, in a game where Toronto only took the lead for the first time with just over three minutes left.

Three times, Garnett posted up on Bosh in OT and three times he scored -- on one occasion drawing a foul and then converting the free throw. He shot 4-for-4 in extra time and finished the game with 23 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.

But it was another one of the Celtics' Big Three -- Ray Allen -- who actually plunged the knife into the hearts of the Raptors and their 19,800 faithful at the Air Canada Centre when he picked up an in-bound pass from Paul Pierce and, without hesitating, nailed a 23-foot jump shot from the corner baseline with 2.6 seconds left, ending a game with playoff intensity.

GOOD RIVALRY

Boston is a team that has been picked by most NBA pundits to overthrow the Raptors as Atlantic Division champions this season, and yesterday's contest certainly set the table for what should be a very good rivalry this season.

"(The Raptors) are not division champs for nothing," Garnett said afterwards. "No one gave them anything. They had their backs up against the wall for a couple of years, but they kicked he door down last year. Sam (Mitchell) is a very competitive person and his team is going to be competitive."

If not for the fact that Toronto's starting point guard, T.J. Ford, played one of the best games of his career, scoring 32 points with five assists, the Raptors wouldn't have even been in it. Ford said the fact that Toronto shot a dismal 37% from the field (27% in the first half) and still had a chance to win, demonstrated that they are not going to roll over and play dead against Boston, or anyone, this season.

"The confidence is there and I think the guys on the other end (Boston) know we don't fear anybody," Ford said.

Mitchell became miffed afterwards when asked why he didn't give Bosh some help and double-team Garnett in overtime.

"Well, let's see. James Posey hit three threes late in the game, Ray Allen made seven (threes), Eddie House made (two). So, where are we going to come from?" he said. "And Garnett hit two fadeaways with Chris hanging on him. We'll live with that."

Garnett scored on one of two free throws with 17.7 seconds left to make it 93-90 Boston. Ford scored on a layup to make it a one-point game, then purposely fouled House, who hit both of his frees to put the score 95-92 Boston.

But with 7.1 seconds left, Ford took a underhanded pass from Andrea Bargnani and nailed a 25-foot jump shot to send it into OT.

As for Bosh, the two-time NBA all-star shot 0-for-8 before making his first basket of the game in the fourth quarter. He finished with his first double-double of the season, 19 points and 10 rebounds, along with five blocked shots, but looked completely spent at the end.

"I tried to hang in there," said Bosh, whose conditioning is still lagging because of a left knee injury suffered in training camp. "I didn't let things frustrate me early on in the game. I tried to be a leader out there, but I just kind of ran out of gas towards the end."

Allen scored a game-high 33 points and passed the 17,000 career point mark in the extra frame


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