Celtics fans can breathe a sigh of relief.
After losing three straight games to teams under .500, the Celtics downed the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors, by a score of 117-108 after a huge run in the fourth quarter.
#Celtics go on an 11-0 run in the closing minutes to break open tight game and beat #Raptors 117-108. Kyrie Irving scores 27 points with 17 assists while Kawhi Leonard (33) scores 20+ for the 20th straight game. #NBA https://t.co/o5tqJOfjXG pic.twitter.com/D9Camojk4k— SportsCentre (@SportsCentre) January 17, 2019
In his return to the lineup, Kyrie Irving notched a double-double with 27 points and 17 assists, and hit this insane shot to extend his team's lead late in the fourth quarter.
Al Horford, who was no stranger to the highlight reel, added 24 points and Jayson Tatum earned himself a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards.
Despite Toronto's awful three-point shooting (24.1 percent), the game was a back-and-forth affair, full of lead changes and big plays.
The Raptors lost despite having six players in double figures, led by Kawhi Leonard, who scored 33 points, his 15th game of 30 or more.
With the win on Wednesday, Boston improved to 26-18 on the year, moving to just six games out of the top spot in the conference while Toronto dropped to second behind the Bucks with a 33-13 record.