NBA Game Summary - Portland at Boston
(Friday, February 10th)
Final Score: Boston 115, Portland 83
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce poured in 35 points, dished out four assists and recorded six steals as Boston destroyed Portland, 115-83, at TD Banknorth Garden to end a six-game skid.
"The main thing is we kept our head up and we didn't get down," said Pierce. "We said, 'It's gonna end (the losing streak) but we've just got to stay together regardless of the injuries.' We just had to go out there and play and see what happens."
Wally Szczerbiak added 21 points for the Celtics, who won for the first time since a January 27th outing against Sacramento. Raef LaFrentz tallied 18 points and Orien Greene had 10 points in the win .
"It was just a great effort by everybody," said Boston coach Doc Rivers. "The defense at times was really good with rotations and I just thought the ball moved great. So I"m just happy with the win."
Zach Randolph paced the Blazers, who lost their third straight game, with 14 points and six boards. Jarrett Jack added 12 points off the bench while Travis Outlaw chipped in with 10 points in the loss.
"We don�t have fire," said Portland coach Nate McMillan. "I don't know where our fire has gone. These last two games was basically like a repeat. Just the fire and motivation, inner motivation, is not there. We've got to think this is a time for someone to step up, other than the staff, out on the court and try and lead. It's an opportunity we desperately need and we�re searching for it."
After a solid first half, the Celtics blew the game open in a dominant third quarter. Pierce scored 20 points in the frame as Boston outscored the hapless Blazers 39-19 and coasted the rest of the way.
The Celts came out of the locker room with a 16-6 burst capped by Pierce's turnaround jumper to make it 68-48 with a little over eight minutes left in the quarter.
Less than five minutes later, Delonte West's driving layup gave Boston an 80-52 edge.
Pierce then buried a jumper as time expired in the quarter to give the Celts their first 30-point lead, 91-61.
The Blazers failed to make any kind of a run in the final frame. The closest Portland got was 26 points, 100-74, when Jack hit a pair of free throws with 6:02 left.
Boston grabbed its biggest lead when Greene nailed a jumper with 1:09 left to make the score 113-79.
The Celts raced out to a 30-20 advantage after the first 12 minutes and managed to keep the same 10-point lead, 52-42, going into the half.
Szczerbiak and Pierce both notched 15 points for Boston while Randolph led the Blazers with 12 heading into intermission.
Portland was dominated on the boards and finished with a franchise low 22 rebounds. Boston had 38 boards...This was the largest margin of victory for the Celtics this season...The Celtics are 15-11 at home this season while Portland is 5-18 away from home this season.
02/11 01:55:01 ET