Final Score: Portland 112, Boston 104
Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - LaMarcus Aldridge led seven Portland
players in double figures with 21 points while also pulling down 13 rebounds
to lead the Trail Blazers to a 112-104 win over the Boston Celtics.
Nicolas Batum added 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, Wesley
Matthews had 18 points and Robin Lopez finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds
for the Trail Blazers, winners in four of their last six.
Damian Lillard scored 15 points to go with six assists and C.J. McCollum
finished with 10 points off the bench in the win.
"Well it's always good to get a win," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "You
try not to be disappointed about not playing necessarily as well as you wanted
to. Offensively, we were good and defensively, we were good when we needed to
be. But this stretch of playing teams with a lesser record, apparently is
tough for us to get up for. But in the end, it was good to get the win."
Avery Bradley scored a game-high 25 and Jared Sullinger added 14 points and 10
rebounds for the Celtics, who have dropped a season-high eight straight.
"We haven't been able to finish games out the way we've wanted to, we had a
chance to win multiple games on this road trip. It's just unfortunate,"
Jeff Green had 16 points and eight assists and Jordan Crawford scored 13
points and dished out six assists in the setback.
Jerryd Bayless knocked down a jumper 1:12 into the final frame to pull the
Celtics within 90-89, but the Blazers used a 14-2 run, capped with a Batum 3-
pointer, to create some distance.
The Celtics made it a two-possession game with a little over two minutes left
on Green's layup, but Boston couldn't get closer than that the rest of
Bradley scored 13 of his 25 in the first quarter to help Boston take a 32-27
lead. Boston's lead swelled to double figures, 51-41, with Bayless' pullup
jumper with 4:53 left in the first half.
Portland used a 13-3 run to tie the game, and went into the break trailing
Matthews buried a trey at the 7:34 mark of the third to give Portland a 69-68
lead and the hosts held a 90-86 advantage entering the final frame.
Mo Williams scored 11 points off the bench for the Blazers ... Portland was
10-for-21 from 3-point range ... McCollum was 4-for-6 from the field and 2-
for-3 from 3-point range in his second game of the season. He played just
under 14 minutes ... Portland had 31 second-chance points ... Boston outscored
the Blazers 46-34 in the paint ... Bayless had 12 points and six assists off
the bench for the Celtics.
01/12 02:18:38 ET
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