Boston Celtics defeat Toronto Raptors, 90-77

TORONTO - Injured Celtics guard Ray Allen is projected to return for Wednesday's Eastern Conference showdown against Detroit at TD Banknorth Garden.

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Allen missed yesterday's 90-77 victory over the Raptors because of a sore right ankle. It was the second straight game Allen has missed. The six-time All-Star injured the ankle Nov. 24 at Charlotte. Coach Doc Rivers believes Allen will be back in action soon.

"He's fine. Ray will practice [tomorro...

TORONTO - The Celtics' top-ranked defense made the Raptors' offense colder than it was outside the Air Canada Centre on this snowy day.
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The Celtics improved to an NBA-best 20-2 with a 90-77 victory over the Raptors yesterday, tying the 1963-64 Celtics for the best start in franchise history after 22 games. The Celtics, who have won nine straight games (and four straight on the road), won the season series with their Atlantic Division rivals.