There's no such thing as a safe lead for the Celtics, home or away.

Keeping true to form, Boston had the Toronto Raptors soundly beaten, only to give them life in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night.

Boston's comfortable double-digit became extremely cramped in the final minutes.

However, the Celtics did just enough at both ends of the floor to end their nine-game losing streak with an 88-83 victory.

Although he missed two free throws with 38 seconds to play, that was about the only thing that didn't go right for Jared Sullinger, who finished with 25 points and a career-high 20 rebounds to go with four assists.

And of course there was Avery Bradley, who finished with 20 points.

Having lost nine straight coming in, Boston was more short-handed than usual following the three-team trade earlier in the day which sent starting point guard Jordan Crawford and backup guard MarShon Brooks to Golden State.

The player Boston acquired in the deal, Joel Anthony from Miami, was not with the team.

Even with a less-than-full strength roster, Boston led by as many as 18 points and took a 73-56 lead into the fourth.