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Hauser scores career-high 26, Celtics beat Raptors 121-102

The Raptors entered Friday with an opportunity to enhance their seeding for the play-in event. However the loss locks them into ninth. They may host Tenth-seeded Chicago on Wednesday.

Toronto missed 9 of its first 11 pictures as Boston constructed an early 24-7 lead.

Tatum scored 15 factors within the opening interval and the Celtics ended it with a 34-16 benefit.

The lead ballooned to as many as 36 factors within the second as Boston bought to the rim with ease, connecting on 60 per cent (24-of-40) of its field-goal makes an attempt within the half.

TIP-INS

Raptors: Shot 30 per cent (15-of-50) from the sphere within the first half.

Celtics: Marcus Good (neck spasms) and Malcolm Brogdon (again) additionally sat out. … Payton Pritchard returned from an 11-game absence attributable to a left heel situation. … Boston went 15-of-15 on two-point pictures within the first half.

NEW KICKS

Tatum distributed a number of pairs of his first Jordan Model Tatum 1 Blueprint Zoo sneakers to members of the Celtics on Friday.

He handed out pairs to the teaching and coaching workers after the group’s morning shootaround. By recreation time, extra pairs have been seen on the toes of assist workers at TD Backyard from bench personnel to area staff who mop the ground throughout timeouts.

UP NEXT

Raptors: High-seeded host Milwaukee on Sunday in regular-season finale.

Celtics: Host Atlanta on Sunday in regular-season finale.

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Kyle Hightower, The Related Press

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