(SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Raptors hit the road for the first time this season, heading to Atlanta to take on the Hawks. The Raptors opened their 2013-14 campaign with a 93-87 home win over Atlantic Division rivals, the Boston Celtics. It was a nice all-around effort for Toronto. Rudy Gay led the way with 19 points, followed by 13 apiece from Amir Johnson and DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry chipped in with 11. Jonas Valanciunas, a preseason choice for Most Improved Player, only scored eight points, but pulled down 11 rebounds and blocked two shots. Tyler Hansbrough, who signed with the Raptors in the offseason, blocked three shots and grabbed 12 boards as the Raptors slaughtered the Celtics by 15 on the glass. The Raptors clobbered Boston 28-11 in the second quarter, but the Celtics bounced back with a 34-22 second quarter. The lull left a bad taste in head coach Dwane Caseys mouth. "I thought we grinded it out when it got tough and they made their run," said Casey. "I like the way our guys bounced back, but we should have never put ourselves in that hole." The Hawks meanwhile are looking to get their first victory of the season in their home opener. They fell to the Dallas Mavericks, 118-109, in Dallas on Wednesday. It marked the first time they opened a season without Josh Smith since the 2003-04 season. Jeff Teague, who was re-signed in the offseason, had 24 points and missed a double-double by one assist. It wasnt all roses for Teague as he committed six turnovers. Paul Millsap, the prize free agent who will replace Smith, had 20 points in his Atlanta debut. DeMarre Carroll (14) and Al Horford (11) scored in double figures as starters and Cartier Martin, another free-agent newcomer, netted a whopping 17 points in less than 17 minutes of action. The offense worked fine for the Hawks on Wednesday, it was the other side of the ball that was a struggle. The Mavericks scored 118 points, shot 57 percent from the field and 45.8 percent from long range. "We played well at times, but give them credit for playing better longer," said new Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer. "Weve got to get a lot better. Were not going to be successful if thats the kind of defense (we play)." The Hawks have taken 13 of the last 16 contests between the two squads, although the Raptors bested them the last time the teams met in Atlanta last season. Wesley Walker Jersey
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. - The Detroit Lions have 13 takeaways this season — three less than all of last season — and the defence isnt the only unit pleased with the performance. NASHVILLE -- The Boston Bruins have dealt with their share of injuries this season. Still, they always seem to find a way to win. On Monday night, Matt Fraser and Ryan Spooner, two players with 17 NHL games between them this season, and a potent power play led the Bruins to a 6-2 victory over the Nashville Predators that gave Boston coach Claude Julien his 400th career win. "That is something I will look back on after I retire," Julien said. "I prefer to look at how we are going to do the rest of this season." Tuukka Rask, who stopped 32 shots for the victory, was unaware of the milestone. "That is great," Rask said. "Nashville had a lot of chances, especially in the third period. This was a great way for us to go into the break." Reilly Smith scored a power play goal at 10:47 of the first period, one of three for the Bruins. "There is depth in this organization," Smith said. "A lot of teams may have looked past us in the last few games because we have so many guys who arent regulars on the roster like Spooner and Fraser." Fraser scored his first goal of the season at the 5:59 mark of the first period. Spooner added three assists, two on power play goals. "You know, the first couple of games, you get nervous out there," Spooner said. "But now that Ive been playing a solid two-way game Ive just been trying to focus on using my speed to create some chances." The Bruins opened a 3-0 first period lead. But they were mindful that in Nashvilles previous outing with Montreal Saturday night for force overtime. At the 3:25 mark of the third period when Nashvilles Craig Smith scored his second goal of the game to trim the lead to 3-2 it was time for Boston to find a way to retaliate. The answer was the power play which produced two goals in the span of 49 seconnds.dddddddddddd Jarome Iginla scored first at 5:01, his second goal of the game. At 5:50 Carl Soderberg, who also had a pair of assists, found the net to give the Bruins a 5-2 edge. Brad Marchand closed out the scoring with 4:06 left to play. Reilly Smith, who assisted on Soderbergs goal also had the assist on Marchands goal. The Predators outshot the Bruins 34-33. Nashville coach Barry Trotz was frustrated with the play of his goaltenders, pulling starter Carter Hutton at 5:59 of the first period after he gave up his second goal in four shots. Marek Macanec closed out the game and faced 25 shots. "Once I saw the second goal I had seen enough," Trotz said. "Right now they are going through a little bit of a dry spell," he said. "Its like getting hit with stun gun. But the goalies we have are trying their best, plain and simple." Despite the late rally by the Predators, the Bruins never felt they were losing momentum. "I thought we played well pretty much the entire game," Reilly Smith said. "They had that power play goal and they created a lot of good chances from what they had, but I thought we dominated the game for the most part. "The power play was really clicking because when they jumped back in we were able to shut the door," he said. "Carl did a great job of putting it in the back of the net when he got the opportunity." NOTES: This was the second game in a row that the Predators had been outscored by three goals in the first period. . This was the first meeting between the Predators and Bruins since March 17, 2011. . The Predators have scored eight power play goals in six consecutive games. . Spooner had a season high three assists. . Soderberg recorded two assists for the third time this season and has six points in his last eight games. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys
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