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article imageToronto Raptors win opener over Boston 93-87

By Larry Seely     Oct 31, 2013 in Sports
Toronto - Many NBA experts have the Toronto Raptors as one of the top sleepers teams for the 2013-14 season and they got started on a solid note with a 93-87 win over Boston, spoiling the debut of Celtics new head coach Brad Stevens.
Toronto used their size in the paint to out rebound Boston 48-33, making it easy to get some cheap baskets near the rim and gain the victory.
Rudy Gay had a big game, scoring a team high 19 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Four of the five starters scored in double figures for the Raptors and center Jonas Valanciunas and power forward Tyler Hansbrough both had double digit rebounds on the night.
Boston was led by Jeff Green with 25 points, but only two other players cracked double figures in points and the team struggled with turnovers with 22 on the evening.
The Celtics figure to improve when All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo returns to the lineup, but until then, this team needs to play smart basketball and get more physical in the paint or it could be a long season in Bean Town.
Toronto figures to be good at home, but this team will need to play better on the road this season if they finally want to break their streak and make the NBA Playoffs this season.
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