BOSTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Paul Pierce
sent Boston on a first-period surge Wednesday and the Celtics soon turned the game into a rout, blasting Toronto 100-64.
The Celtics had a one-point lead in the game's early stages when they went on a 14-1 run. The Raptors never recovered and wound up scoring only 29 second-half points.
Boston has won two in a row and six out of seven, moving a game above the .500 mark for the first time since the Celtics were 4-3 on Jan. 4.
Pierce scored 17 points with eight assists while playing 26 minutes. Ray Allen and Brandon Bass both had 12 points and the Celtics got 11 each from Avery Bradley and JaJuan Johnson.
Boston made 52 percent of its shots from the field and held Toronto to 34 percent.
The Raptors were led by Jerryd Bayless with 14 points off the bench.
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