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TORONTO — You just knew this wouldn’t end well for the Celtics, who have endured more than their share of difficult losses this season.
A furious run. A 4-point lead with 2:20 left. A brilliant stretch from Jerryd Bayless. It had all the makings for a difficult road win. But as the Celtics end this miserable transition season, it became painfully obvious in the waning minutes they would fall short once again.
Amir Johnson’s putback of a Kyle Lowry missed layup with 7.1 seconds left completed a late Toronto rally and the Raptors sealed their first playoff appearance in six years by handing the Celtics a disheartening 105-103 defeat Friday night at Air Canada Centre.