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Celtics beat short-handed Raptors for 4th win in 6 games

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TORONTO Marcus Smart scored 21 points, Al Horford had 17 points and 11 rebounds and the Boston Celtics beat the short-handed Toronto Raptors 109-97 on Sunday night to snap a two-game losing streak. The Raptors lost for the sixth time in eight games to fall to 9-12.

Already without forwards OG Anunoby and Khem Birch, who each sat for the sixth straight game, Toronto was also without guards Gary Trent Jr. and Goran Dragic. Acquired from Miami in the trade that sent Kyle Lowry to the Heat, Dragic is averaging 8.0 points and 1.8 assists in five games with Toronto.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Toronto began a seven-game homestand and, including Sunday’s game, will close out 2021 by playing 12 of 15 at home.

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