Sullinger lifts Celtics over Raptors

The Sports Xchange/Reuters

Posted at Jan 16 2014 02:31 PM | Updated as of Jan 16 2014 10:31 PM

Boston Celtics forward/center Jared Sullinger (7) looks to make a pass while guarded by Toronto Raptors forward/center Chuck Hayes (44) and forward/center Amir Johnson (15) during the second quarter at TD Garden. Photo by Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

Celtics 88, Raptors 83

Jared Sullinger scored 25 points and pulled down a career-high 20 rebounds as the Boston Celtics snapped a nine-game losing streak.

The first-placed Raptors trailed 75-58 early in the fourth quarter but used an 11-0 run to start a rally that came up just short as both teams struggled through the final minutes.

DeMar DeRozan scored 23 for Toronto (19-18), which had won three straight. Boston improved to 14-26.

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Grizzlies 82, Bucks 77

Mike Conley and forward James Johnson each scored 15 points as the Memphis Grizzlies won their fourth in a row with a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

A 12-0 run to open the fourth quarter gave the Grizzlies (19-19) just enough of a cushion to hold off the Bucks (7-31), who lost their seventh straight and are still looking for their first win of 2014.