NBA Game Summary - Portland at Boston
(Friday, January 22nd)
Final Score: Boston 98, Portland 95 (OT)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Ray Allen made just 3-for-14 from the field but hit the go-ahead three-pointer in overtime, as Boston edged Portland, 98-95.
Kevin Garnett returned to the court and posted 13 points and four rebounds in nearly 30 1/2 minutes for the Celtics, who went 5-6 in his absence.
"I thought I had some decent energy," Garnett said. "My timing is off a little bit as far as rebounding, but you know I'll get that."
Paul Pierce logged 24 points before fouling out near the end of regulation, and Rajon Rondo chipped in 19 points, nine assists and six boards in the win.
Andre Miller ended with a game-high 28 points to go with eight assists and eight rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who had won three of four coming in. Martell Webster and LaMarcus Aldridge each netted 19 points in defeat.
Brandon Roy sat out due to a nagging hamstring problem, and his replacement in the starting lineup, Jerryd Bayless, suffered an ankle sprain in the third quarter to add to Portland's growing list of injuries.
Rondo's putback of a Garnett miss had Boston on top, 89-81, at the 4:43 mark of the final stanza. Miller answered with a basket and a three-point play to pull within three, and Webster followed a Rondo make with a three-pointer with 1:45 remaining for a 91-89 game.
After Rondo missed a routine layup, Webster hit a deep deuce to tie things with 34.2 seconds left. Pierce was short on a short jumper and was called for a charge -- his sixth foul -- after Rondo hustled for the offensive rebound on his initial miss.
Portland called timeout with 1.1 ticks on the clock, and Kendrick Perkins got a piece of Aldridge's alley-oop attempt off the inbounds pass to send the game to OT.
Miller, who took the charge on Pierce near the end of regulation, hit a go- ahead basket, 95-93, with 1:51 to play in the extra session.
Portland missed two chances to pad the lead, and Allen dropped in a three- pointer from the right wing with 41.3 seconds to go. A long rebound off an Aldridge miss led to a Tony Allen dunk in transition the other way.
Rudy Fernandez missed a contested three to tie and rushed another attempt after the ball was tapped back to him, ending the game.
"They made their shots and we didn't down the stretch," Aldridge said. "Both teams had opportunities to make shots and win the game and they made them and we didn't."
Boston scored nine of the final 11 points of the first quarter for a 30-25 edge, and an evenly played second frame ended with the Celtics up 55-50.
It was still a five-point game after 36 minutes of back-and-forth action, as the hosts clung to a 74-69 cushion.
Portland took a brief lead when Miller hit a layup for a 77-76 game, but Pierce and Rondo followed with back-to-back buckets for a three-point lead with 7:27 to play.
The Celtics have won six in a row against the Blazers in Beantown...Aldridge also had 10 rebounds...Bayless had 12 points and four assists before exiting...Ray Allen ended with nine points...Boston's Rasheed Wallace logged 14 points against his former team.
01/22 23:57:39 ET