Raptors Clinch Playoff Berth with Win Over Celtics
TORONTO (AP) — Amir Johnson scored the winning basket with 7 seconds left, and the Toronto Raptors clinched their first playoff berth in six seasons by beating the Boston Celtics 105-103 on Friday night.
DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points as the Raptors won for the 18th time in 24 home games. Terrence Ross had 17 points, Greivis Vasquez scored 15 and Jonas Valanciunas finished with 13.
The Atlantic Division-leading Raptors last reached the playoffs in 2007-08, losing in five games to Orlando in the first round. This is their sixth playoff berth in 19 seasons.
Jerryd Bayless scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough for Boston, which has dropped three straight and eight of nine