Kawhi Leonard Puts Up 31 Points in Raptors 113-101 Win Over Boston
Kawhi Leonard had 15 of his 31 points in the third quarter Friday to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 113-101 victory over the Boston Celtics in a marquee Eastern Conference matchup.
Leonard, who was serenaded by chants of ``M-V-P!,'' also hauled in a team-high 10 rebounds in his second real NBA game in nine months.
Serge Ibaka had 21 points, while Kyle Lowry had 15 points, six assists and five boards as the Raptors (2-0) remained undefeated in early season action. Danny Green chipped in with 14 points, while Fred VanVleet added 11.
Kyrie Irving led the Celtics (1-1) with 21 points.
The game was an early gauge of how the Raptors stack up against the general consensus team to beat in the East, and preview of what should be a fierce season-long battle between the two Atlantic Division powerhouses that could extend into the playoffs.
The Raptors were coming off a 116-104 win over Cleveland in Wednesday's season opener, while the Celtics began their campaign Tuesday with a 105-87 rout of Philadelphia.