Celtics 115, Raptors 104

It’s a good thing Michael Finley didn’t have anything else in

his suitcase.

Finley made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished

with 14 points as the Boston Celtics capitalized on another injury

to a Toronto player by beating the Raptors 115-104 on Wednesday

night.

Finley nearly didn’t play after he strained his back picking up

his luggage at the team hotel.

“That’s when you know you’re old,” Boston coach Doc Rivers

joked.

Boston trainer Ed Lacerte loosened the 37-year-old Finely up

with a massage, and the veteran reserve pitched in 11 points in the

fourth.

“If the game had started at 3 o’clock I probably wouldn’t have

played,” Finley said. “Ed worked on me before the game, I went

and shot around and it was better so I was able to play.”

Rajon Rondo led Boston with 21 points and Paul Pierce added

20.

Kevin Garnett scored 19 points and Ray Allen had 18, including

10 in the final quarter, as the Celtics won their eighth straight

over Toronto, sweeping the series for the second consecutive

season.

“Our shooting won the game for us tonight,” Rivers said.

“When Ray and Michael get it going at the same time and they’re

both on the floor, that makes us really good because we can still

pound the ball down low and affect the other team’s ability to take

the low-post game away because they’re so worried about the guys

out on the perimeter.”

Sonny Weems scored a career-high 21 for the Raptors, who played

their first game since All-Star Chris Bosh suffered two facial

fractures in Tuesday’s loss at Cleveland.

Things got worse for Toronto when Hedo Turkoglu left late in the

first after bumping heads with Boston’s Tony Allen. Turkoglu

sustained a nasal contusion and was taken to hospital for a CT

scan.

“When it rains it pours, I guess,” Toronto swingman Antoine

Wright said. “We’re dropping like flies right now.”

The Raptors’ team doctor, Paul Marks, said before the game that

Bosh is expected to need “weeks” to recover from surgery

Wednesday to repair his nasal fracture, which happened when he was

struck by an inadvertent elbow from Antawn Jamison. Bosh remains in

a Cleveland hospital and is scheduled to return to Toronto on

Thursday.

Andrea Bargnani, Jarrett Jack and Wright scored 17 points, and

DeMar DeRozan had 14 for the Raptors, who have lost three

straight.

Weems scored 17 in the first half but made just one field goal

after the break.

Rondo shot 6 for 7 in the second half and scored 16 points.

“We told him to be more aggressive and attack,” Rivers said.

“In the second half we used Rondo as out attack weapon.”

Reggie Evans started for Toronto in place of Bosh. Turkoglu

returned to the starting lineup in place of Wright, who left

Tuesday’s game with a sore left ankle.

“I thought our guys played as hard as they could,” Toronto

coach Jay Triano. “I commended them for their effort after the

game, they really battled. Did we play really well and make shots?

No, but they didn’t back down and they fought.”

Finley hit 3-pointers on either side of a layup by DeRozan in

the fourth to give the Celtics their biggest lead, 98-85, with 6:53

left.

“I feel like he’s one of the best shooters still in the game,”

Rondo said of Finley. “He definitely has the best form. Anytime

he’s open I’m trying to give him the ball.”

Toronto scored eight straight points, cutting it to 99-91, but

Rondo made a jumper and answered Jack’s floater with a three-point

play, keeping the Celtics comfortably in front.

NOTES: Toronto’s last victory over the Celtics was Jan 23, 2008,

a 114-112 win at Boston. … Toronto’s bench outscored the starters

58-46. … The Raptors held an opponent below 25 assists for the

first time in six games. The Celtics had 22 assists.