BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics are tearing apart teams at home like the days when Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish roamed the fabled parquet.
In that season, the Celtics went 35-6 at the old Boston Garden during the regular season before eventually losing the NBA Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games while attempting to win consecutive titles.
"Historically, it's cool," Garnett said. "It's good, but the focus here is to be consistent and build towards something -- postseason basketball."
The Celtics broke it open early. Boston has won all but one of its home games by double digits so far -- eight by 20 points or more.
None of the Celtics' starters played the final quarter or saw 30 minutes of action.
Before the game, coach Doc Rivers put a simple message on the board, reminding his team about the Raptors' weakness in low post players.
"I think the main emphasis was to get the ball inside," Pierce said. "Doc had it on the board: 'Just pound the ball inside, just pound the ball inside.' We knew we had our advantages there especially with Kevin and myself."
The Celtics made 9 of 15 shots in the second quarter and hit 15 of 17 free throws. Allen scored nine points during an 11-2 run midway into the quarter that pushed Boston's advantage to 49-28.
The Celtics led 62-40 at halftime and, with Garnett scoring the first six of the second half, they pushed it to 70-40 on Rajon Rondo's fastbreak layup 2:06 into the third. They led 91-55 after three.
The Raptors entered the game as the league's best 3-point shooting team at 44 percent, but went just 6 for 17 from beyond the arc.
"They just drilled us," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "Got guys injured. Got guys in and out of the lineup. It's just tough."
Brian Scalabrine nailed a 3-pointer midway into the fourth that made it 99-62 and prompted the sellout crowd of 18,624 to chant his last name.
|Kevin Garnett skys over Rasho Nesterovic for two of his team-high 23 points. (Getty Images)|
|Boston (16-2) «||27||35||29||21||112|
|TOR:A. Parker 13 Pts
TOR:J. Graham 6 Reb
TOR:D. Martin 4 Ast
|BOS:K. Garnett 23 Pts
BOS:J. Posey 10 Reb
BOS:R. Rondo 7 Ast
|Players of the Game|
|J. Graham, SF||34||4-11||4-4||6||1||5||12|
|J. Moon, SG||34||1-6||0-0||4||1||3||2|
|A. Parker, SG||28||6-13||0-0||5||1||2||13|
|J. Calderon, PG||14||2-4||0-0||1||3||1||4|
|R. Nesterovic, C||10||1-3||0-0||4||0||2||2|
|C. Delfino, SG||22||3-6||1-2||2||4||1||9|
|T. Ford, PG||22||5-9||2-2||1||3||1||12|
|J. Dixon, SG||20||5-10||0-0||0||2||3||12|
|J. Kapono, SF||18||3-9||0-0||0||0||2||7|
|K. Humphries, PF||13||2-4||0-0||4||0||3||4|
|D. Martin, PG||12||0-3||0-0||1||4||0||0|
|M. Baston, SF||12||2-2||3-4||4||0||2||7|
|C. Bosh, PF||Did Not Play|
|J. Garbajosa, PF||Did Not Play|
|A. Bargnani, PF||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|
|P. Pierce, SG||28||6-12||4-5||5||6||0||18|
|R. Allen, SG||27||4-11||5-5||6||2||0||13|
|K. Garnett, PF||25||9-13||5-6||6||2||0||23|
|R. Rondo, PG||24||3-5||1-2||5||7||2||7|
|K. Perkins, C||15||2-2||0-0||3||0||2||4|
|T. Allen, SG||28||3-6||2-2||3||5||5||9|
|J. Posey, SF||27||3-5||2-2||10||3||1||10|
|E. House, SG||24||4-10||2-2||1||2||1||13|
|G. Davis, PF||18||2-4||1-2||3||0||5||5|
|B. Scalabrine, PF||16||1-3||2-2||0||1||1||5|
|L. Powe, PF||8||2-3||1-2||2||1||4||5|
|S. Pollard, C||Did Not Play|
|G. Pruitt, PG||Did Not Play|
|B. Wallace, PF||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|