Big threes, T.O. style

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

BOSTON -- It took all of their three-point shooting abilities and then some, but the Raptors finally got the Boston Celtics' monkey off their backs.

In a game in which they were outrebounded on the offensive boards by a 16-4 count, and turned the ball over 19 times leading directly to 29 Celtics points, the Raptors rode their red-hot long-range shooting to a 114-112 win over the Celtics, their first win over the league-leading Celts in their fourth and final try in the regular season.

The Raptors join the select group of the Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Bobcats as the only visiting teams that have managed to walk out of TD Bank-north Garden with a win so far this season.

"It's like I said before the game," head coach Sam Mitchell said. "If we shoot the ball better against this team we were going to have a shot against these guys."

The major difference in this one was from the three-point line and beyond where the Raptors were good on 15 of 21 attempts, led by a perfect 5-for-5 night from Carlos Delfino. But he was not alone.

Anthony Parker was good on four of his six attempts from outside the arc while Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani -- yes, that Bargnani -- hit three each.

"Half the guys in our league couldn't shoot 15 for 21 in a gym by themselves behind the three," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "And they did it with other people on the floor."

From the field the Raptors were an impressive 58% and were perfect from the free throw line, making all 19 of their attempts.

Rivers said it was a clear-cut case of his club letting the Raptors do what they do best.

"They played great," Rivers said. "I mean, give them all the credit, number one, they made every shot. They came out, they wanted this game and they had three days of preparation."

Having sufficiently complimented his victorious opponent, Rivers went on to say what should have happened.

"It was almost like we didn't believe they would shoot another one," Rivers said. "We call them 'dare shots.' We had a lot of dare shots (last night) that we gave up and they made them. But that's what they do. We allowed them to play the way they play and we never played the way we play."

Jose Calderon lead a balanced Raptors attack with 24 points, followed by 23 from both Chris Bosh and Anthony Parker.

Bargnani also came out of his funk for a 20-point night that included a career-high seven assists and seven rebounds. It was his best individual performance since Nov 30 when he had 26 in a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

But it was Calderon who did the heavy lifting in crunch time.

He got the Raptors, who had not had a lead since the 2:01 mark of the third quarter, back in front by one on a pair of free throws and then won the game with a courageous drive to the basket.

As he turned the corner at the top of the key and drove to the basket, Calderon said he spotted an open Delfino on the perimeter but having already gained the lane, decided the higher-percentage shot was the contested layup.

He got that and was fouled, giving the Raptors a two-point lead that they made stand up.


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