Celtics top Raptors
TORONTO (AP) — Greg Stiemsma tipped in the gamewinning shot with 12 seconds left and the Boston Celtics held off the Toronto Raptors 76-75 Sunday in the preseason opener for both teams.
Ray Allen scored 12 points for the Celtics, while Kevin Garnett had nine points and seven rebounds. Marquis Daniels had 11 points for Boston.
Andrea Bargnani led Toronto with 16 points, DeMar DeRozan scored 14 points and Ed Davis had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Boston’s Rajon Rondo, who had been bothered by a sore right ankle, started for the Celtics and finished with a team-high eight assists in 28 minutes.
Consecutive jump shots by Celtics rookie E’Twaun Moore gave Boston a 74-71 lead with 1:19 remaining, but a jumper by Bargnani and a tip-in by Amir Johnson with 26 seconds left made it 75-74 in favor of Toronto.
Allen scored seven points in the second as the Celtics took a 40-33 lead at the half.