Basketball: Happy travels for Boston

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Eric Williams scored six of his 27 points in a pivotal third-quarter run as the Boston Celtics recorded a 114-102 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday.

Todd Day scored 26 points and David Wesley added 25, 11 assists and seven rebounds for the Celtics, who won away from home for just the second time in 19 road games this season.

"It was a nice way to bounce back from yesterday's loss to Vancouver," the Boston coach, ML Carr, said of Sunday's 102-92 defeat. "It was great team effort, a good distribution of scoring. Our guys need some small victories since this team has struggled," added Carr, whose club ended a 15-game losing run against the Eastern Conference opponents.

Toronto led 74-65 with 6min 47sec left in the third quarter before Boston began to wrest control. Marcus Camby pulled Toronto within 91-85 with 9:47 remaining. But Antoine Walker made a pair of lay-ups to extend the lead to 10 points and Boston pulled away.

In San Antonio, Mitch Richmond scored 26 points and combined with Jeff Grayer for 11 points in an 20-0 second-half run as the Sacramento Kings beat the Spurs 85-79.

At Utah, Karl Malone scored 14 of his 24 points in the first half as the Jazz used a 16-0 first-half run to pull away for a 111-89 defeat of the Washington Bullets.