NBA Game Summary - Boston at Portland
(Monday, January 1st)
Final Score: Boston 89, Portland 81
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Tony Allen had 22 points, eight rebounds and three steals, as the Boston Celtics bested the Portland Trail Blazers, 89-81, at the Rose Garden.
Ryan Gomes added 18 points and 10 boards while Wally Szczerbiak netted 15 for the Celtics, who snapped a six-game losing streak. Al Jefferson had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the victory.
Brandon Roy chipped in 18 points and dished out five assists and Ime Udoka and Martell Webster each scored 11 for the Blazers, who have lost three in a row and five of their last six contests.
The third quarter continued to go back-and-forth until the Celtics closed the stanza by scoring 10 of the final 14 points, capped by Gerald Green's offensive rebound and jumper as the buzzer sounded, for a 70-67 margin heading into the final frame.
Boston opened the fourth with an 11-4 spurt, including seven points from Allen, extending the lead to 81-72. Allen's trey capped the burst with just over four minutes remaining.
Portland tallied seven of the next nine points, highlighted by Webster's three-pointer, cutting the deficit to 83-79 with 1:26 left.
The Blazers had the chance to pull within two, but Szczerbiak picked off a Zach Randolph pass and drove the length of the court for a dunk and a six point margin.
The Celtics put the game away by draining 4-of-6 from the charity stripe in the final minute.
Webster's trey in the final second of gave Portland a 27-23 lead after the opening 12 minutes of play, but Delonte West's buzzer-beater tied the game 45-45 at the half.
Boston went 1-4 on its west coast road trip...The Celtics have won four straight and five of the last six meetings...Boston forward Kendrick Perkins left in the fourth quarter with a sprained right ankle...Randolph didn't score in double figures for the first time this season, shooting 4-of-11 from the field for nine points. He also grabbed 10 boards...The Celtics shot 44 percent from the floor, while Portland connected on 39 percent of its shots...Boston scored 50 points in the paint.
01/02 00:42:54 ET