TORONTO --? Their top scorer is done for the year, their floor general was in street clothes because of a cut over his right eye, there were two D Leaguers in the starting lineup and one of the hottest teams in NBA as the opponent.
Of course, the Toronto Raptors would beat the Boston Celtics on Friday night in this most improbable of NBA seasons.
With Andrea Bargnani done for the season and Jose Calderon on the shelf, the Raptors relied on a makeshift roster and an old-fashioned slow-down attack to record an 84-79 victory at the Air Canada Centre that no one could have seen coming.
Forcing the Celtics into a miserable 37 percent shooting night, the Raptors hung on thanks to a solid outing from a makeshift lineup.
Point guards Ben Uzoh and Justin Dentmon, both in the middle of 10-day contracts, orchestrated a calm, plodding offense and Toronto's defense forced Boston into an awful shooting night, forcing the Celtics into just 38 percent effectiveness from the field.
DeMar DeRozan, despite missing 10 of 14 field goal attempts, had 22 points that included a perfect 13-for-13 night from the free-throw line to lead Toronto while Linas Kleiza provided a huge boost with 17 off the bench, including two crucial free throws with 13.2 seconds left that gave Toronto the game.
For the Celtics, who looked disinterested the entire night, Paul Pierce had 18 points but missed a vital three-pointer with about seven seconds left.
Avery Bradley had 15 and Kevin Garnett 13 but the Celtics didn't lead after the middle of the third quarter and couldn't turn on the intensity in the final frantic minutes.
Alan Anderson, the third D Leaguer playing significant minutes, had 13 for Toronto.