Boston (24-34) at Toronto (20-38)

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After a record-setting February, Paul Pierce has shown no signs of slowing down.

Pierce looks to lead the Boston Celtics to their fourth straight win over the Toronto Raptors when they meet at the Air Canada Centre.

Pierce had 31 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, in Boston’s 99-98 victory Friday over Indiana. It was the fourth game in a row and 10th in 11 games he has reached the 30-point mark,

He set a Celtics record by averaging 33.5 points in February.

“The rim is looking bigger and bigger every game,” said Pierce, who is averaging 36.3 points on 53.3 percent shooting in his last four games.

Delonte West scored 17 points and had seven assists against the Pacers, and is averaging 18.7 points on 53.5 percent shooting and 6.7 assists in his last three games.

The Celtics last two wins have both been decided by one point.

“We are getting key stops when we need them, that was the key tonight,” Pierce said. “We made the necessary plays we needed down the stretch, and made the big stop and that’s why we won.

“We are starting to win these close games now, so this is huge for us going on the road.”

Pierce had 26 points in Boston’s 100-93 win over Toronto on Nov. 18. The Celtics have won seven of their last eight over the Raptors.

After starting the season just 4-20 on the road, the Celtics went 3-1 on a four-game road trip from Feb. 21-26. Boston will play six of its next nine on the road starting with this contest.

The Raptors saw their latest losing streak reach six games with a 105-100 loss in overtime Saturday to New Jersey. Toronto hasn’t lost seven in a row since it opened this season with nine straight losses.

Morris Peterson led Toronto with 25 points against the Nets, and is averaging 21.3 points in his last four games.

“We’re learning every day,” said Raptors coach Sam Mitchell. “We’ve got a resilient group, a tough group. They’re getting better. We have to learn from games like this. The mistakes we made were guys trying a little too hard.”

Toronto is allowing 104.3 points during its losing streak, and the Raptors have allowed an average of 117.7 points in their last three home losses, all in overtime.

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