National Basketball Association roundup: Kanter will play for Celtics in Canada

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They also followed up Sunday's plus-30 rebounding edge against Charlotte with another powerful afternoon on the backboards, holding a 45-34 advantage that led to a 24-4 lead in second-chance points.

The Celtics played a sound game, with all five starters scoring in double-digits and Enes Kanter coming in off the bench to put up 12 points and 11 rebounds in only 18 minutes. With the team down Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol, Boucher is getting an opportunity, and delivering.

The Raptors fought to get back into the game, but when VanVleet appeared to get fouled without a call, it appeared to zap their momentum and they never recovered. Kanter didn't come north of the border last February when Portland came to town and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had to step in and assure Kanter he'd be OK making the trip to Toronto and Kanter said Wednesday he didn't know he'd be cleared officially until the 23rd.

"That's something that I definitely will remember".

"So, not the best of circumstances (with the loss), (but) it's great (to have a Christmas game). For me, it was just going out and living this freedom".

The second Battle for Los Angeles lived up to its name as the Clippers overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to down the Lakers - the largest comeback win on Christmas Day since 2003.

"I have coached on Christmas a couple times".

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While playing for the Knicks, Kanter traveled to Toronto for an worldwide game, but when he joined the Portland Trail Blazers later on in the season he did not go back for the team's game against the Raptors over concerns that he would be arrested and extradited to Turkey.

Jaylen Brown of Boston celebrated Christmas with something he had never enjoyed before: a visitor victory in Toronto. Boston had missed 59 games due to injuries. You can also watch the game on the ESPN app if you sign in using your AT&T TV Now credentials.

Kanter, who hosted 50 basketball camps previous year in the US, said he'd love to host two or three in Canada this summer. "I was just trying to play within the game".

The Globe's headline reads, "Thank you, Canada, for letting me play basketball - despite Turkey's threats against me".

"I've said it, but we have good players from top to bottom", Hayward said. "Maybe we just need a little rest". Doesn't matter who's out there and who isn't out there, we've gotta go play.

- VanVleet mentioned it was good to have the ability to have his children open presents the night time earlier than after which having the remainder of the day to be together with his household. "And we wanna be aggressive in that mindset and do so".

TV channel: ESPN - This will be the first game of the day and will be carried on ESPN. "And, on Christmas Eve, I'll be playing my first game as a Celtic outside the USA when I get the trial against the Raptors".

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