Raptors edge closer to playoffs, beat Boston

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 26, 2014 at 11:46 pm •  Published: March 26, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Terrence Ross scored 24 points, Kyle Lowry 23 and the Toronto Raptors edged closer to their first playoff berth since 2008 with a 99-90 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

DeMar DeRozan added 20 points for Toronto, which increased its Atlantic Division lead to 2 1/2 games over Brooklyn, which lost in Charlotte. The Raptors could have clinched a playoff spot, but the New York Knicks beat Sacramento later Wednesday.

Jared Sullinger led Boston with 26 points, going 4 of 6 from 3-point range. Boston lost for the seventh time in eight games.

It was Lowry's eighth straight game of 20 or more points and helped the Raptors snap an 11-game losing streak in Boston.

Toronto captured its 19th road win, one off the club record set 2000-01.