TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors haven't been this good, this late in the season since Chris Bosh's rookie season.
The Atlantic-Division leading Raptors reached .500 (22-22) this late in the season for the first time since Feb. 10 2004.
"We worked very hard to get to this point and it's going to be even harder," said Bosh, whose team now goes on five-game road trip.
Toronto finished 4-1 on a homestand during which they played four teams with records below. 500.
"It's good be at .500, but our goal is greater than that," Toronto's Morris Peterson said.
Toronto went on a 19-0 fourth-quarter run when Boston went more than six minutes without scoring.
Al Jefferson had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who have lost 10 straight -- their longest skid since losing 10 in a row from March 20 to April 7 in 2000.
"We just made a lot of mistakes at the end of the game and it cost us the game," Jefferson said.
Parker's previous career-high was 22 points in the first game of the season on Nov. 1 against New Jersey. The swingman returned to the NBA after playing six seasons overseas, the last two of which he was Euroleague MVP for Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv.
He made seven 3-pointers against Boston.
The Celtics trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, but they outscored the Raptors 28-20 in the third quarter. Jefferson scored six straight late in the third to give Boston its first lead of the game.
Peterson's 3-pointer and Bosh's two free throws made it 92-79 with 1:29 remaining.
|Toronto (22-22) «||24||25||20||27||96|
|BOS:A. Jefferson 20 Pts
BOS:A. Jefferson 10 Reb
BOS:A. Jefferson 5 Ast
|TOR:C. Bosh 26 Pts
TOR:C. Bosh 8 Reb
TOR:J. Calderon 8 Ast
|Players of the Game|
|D. West, SG||42||6-14||2-4||6||4||4||15|
|R. Gomes, SF||39||4-7||4-5||4||2||3||12|
|A. Jefferson, C||36||10-16||0-0||10||5||3||20|
|G. Green, SF||31||5-16||0-0||3||1||2||12|
|K. Perkins, C||21||1-2||0-0||2||3||4||2|
|A. Ray, SG||24||6-12||2-2||4||1||4||17|
|B. Scalabrine, PF||21||0-1||0-0||4||2||4||0|
|R. Rondo, PG||13||4-7||0-1||3||4||1||8|
|S. Telfair, PG||5||1-2||0-0||2||2||1||3|
|M. Olowokandi, C||4||0-0||0-0||1||0||2||0|
|L. Powe, PF||4||0-0||1-2||2||0||1||1|
|T. Ratliff, C||Did Not Play|
|P. Pierce, SG||Did Not Play|
|W. Szczerbiak, SF||Did Not Play|
|T. Allen, SG||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|
|A. Parker, SF||44||8-16||0-2||2||3||1||23|
|C. Bosh, PF||38||8-16||9-11||8||3||0||26|
|J. Calderon, PG||38||3-7||3-4||4||8||0||10|
|J. Garbajosa, C||33||3-9||2-2||8||5||1||8|
|R. Nesterovic, C||24||1-3||0-0||7||1||3||2|
|M. Peterson, SG||21||3-7||3-5||2||0||2||10|
|A. Bargnani, PF||20||3-10||0-0||3||3||2||7|
|D. Martin, PG||11||2-6||2-3||0||3||1||8|
|J. Graham, SF||9||0-0||2-2||1||1||1||2|
|K. Humphries, PF||1||0-0||0-0||0||0||1||0|
|P. Sow, PF||1||0-1||0-0||1||0||0||0|
|F. Jones, SG||Did Not Play|
|T. Ford, PG||Did Not Play|
|U. Slokar, PF||Did Not Play|
|P. Tucker, SG||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|