October 17, 2013

NBA Roundup: Raptors nip Celtics in preseason game

The Associated Press

TORONTO — Terrence Ross scored 19 points, Landry Fields had 14 and the Toronto Raptors beat Boston 99-97 on Wednesday night, handing the Celtics their fifth loss in six preseason games.

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Boston’s Kelly Olynyk slam-dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the first half of a preseason game in Toronto on Wednesday.

The Associated Press

MarShon Brooks scored 17 points, 15 of them in the final quarter, and Kelly Olynyk fouled out with 13 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics.

Boston had a chance to tie it on the final possession, but Jared Sullinger couldn’t tip in Jordan Crawford’s missed 3-pointer.

Vitor Faverani and Jeff Green each scored 13 for the Celtics, who were coming off an 82-80 loss to former teammate Paul Pierce and the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.

Kyle Lowry scored 11 points and Rudy Gay and Jonas Valanciunas each had 10 for the Raptors, who won their third straight and improved to 4-1 in the preseason.

Gay, Lowry and Amir Johnson played the entire first quarter, but spent the rest of the night on the bench. DeMar DeRozan joined them after playing just over one minute in the second.

The Raptors used a 10-0 run in the final 4:36 of the third quarter to take an 80-70 lead into the fourth. Boston missed seven straight field-goal attempts after Green’s dunk with 4:50 to go in the third put them up 70-69, their final lead of the game.

Brooks hit a 3 with 24 seconds left to cut it to 97-95, but Julyan Stone answered with a pair of free throws for the Raptors. Stone then missed a layup with 7 seconds to go, setting up the frantic finish.

Toronto was without forward Steve Novak (right hand) while Celtics forward Kris Humphries (right foot) did not play.

The Celtics and Raptors open the regular season in Toronto on Oct. 30.

NOTES

KNICKS: Carmelo Anthony is intrigued by the prospect of testing free agency next summer, he told the New York Observer.

“I want to be a free agent,” Anthony said. “I think everybody in the NBA dreams to be a free agent at least one time in their career. It’s like you have an evaluation period, you know. It’s like if I’m in the gym and I have all the coaches, all the owners, all the GMs come into the gym and just evaluate everything I do. So yes, I want that experience.”

Anthony is expected to exercise the opt-out in his contract after the season.

The Knicks could start negotiating with Anthony on an extension in February, but it makes financial sense for him to wait until he’s a free agent to re-sign.

PELICANS: New Orleans exercised third-year options on the contracts of 2012 first-round draft choices Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers.

Davis, the first overall pick in the 2012 draft, averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals and was named an NBA All-Rookie First Team member last season.

The 6-foot-10 former Kentucky star was a regular starter at power forward. His 20 double-doubles led all rookies.

Rivers, son of former Celtics coach Doc Rivers, was the 10th overall pick in the draft. He averaged 6.2 points, 2.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds, but saw his rookie campaign cut short by a hand injury in March against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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