New talent helped the Toronto Raptors, though a familiar face pushed them over the finish line.
Fresh off starting in last weekend's All-Star Game, and with Kyle Lowry out with a right wrist injury, DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 43 points to lead Toronto back from a 17-point deficit to a 107-97 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night.
The absence of his fellow All-Star brought on a change in mindset for DeRozan, who shot 15 of 28 from the floor in surpassing the 42 points he had against Houston on March 30, 2015.
"It always changes, especially when he's not out there," DeRozan said. "Understanding attention is going to be focused on me,...