NBA Game Summary - Portland at Boston
(Wednesday, January 16th)
Final Score: Boston 100, Portland 90
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Ray Allen scored 35 points to help the Boston Celtics break out of their brief slump and beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 100-90, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Kevin Garnett finished with 26 points and seven rebounds for Boston, which snapped a season-high two-game losing streak. The Celtics also reached the 100-point mark for the second time in the past seven games, and the first time since beating Memphis, 100-96, on January 4.
Brandon Roy had 22 points and six assists for Portland, which has lost two of three. Travis Outlaw and Jarrett Jack each scored 17 points off the bench, and LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 16 points before fouling out. The Blazers have lost the past five matchups against the Celtics.
"That was a good game for us. What it does is that is shows us that we have work to do," Blazers head coach Nate McMillan said. "They are the better team and they showed why tonight. Their physical play forced us to hurry and into a lot of situations."
Portland entered the fourth quarter down by five, but stayed close, and with just under a minute left, Jack converted a three-point play to bring the Blazers within 91-87.
But Allen drained a three on the next possession, giving Boston a seven-point lead. After a Roy miss, Aldridge committed his sixth foul, sending Paul Pierce to the line. Pierce made both for a 96-87 lead with 39 seconds remaining, all but cementing Boston's win.
"I tell the guys on the team the more we run, the more I think I score when we play fast break basketball because I run up and down, space the floor, you get threes, you get drives to the basket, defenses out of place," Allen said. "When one part of our offense shuts down, I think it does hamper certain guys because we all have different abilities out there on the floor."
A Gabe Pruitt jumper and James Posey free throw knotted the game, 19-19, heading into the second quarter. It marked the third time in the last three contests the Celtics scored 19 points or fewer in the opening frame.
The game remained tight for the rest of the half, and a Steve Blake three gave Portland a 45-43 edge at the break.
The Blazers then scored seven of the first nine points to start the second half. Martell Webster hit two threes, and Joel Pryzbilla made a free throw to give Portland a 52-45 edge.
However, Allen and Pierce followed with consecutive buckets, and Garnett converted a three-point play on a layup to knot the game at 52, a little more than four minutes into the stanza.
Later in the same quarter, Allen made consecutive jumpers to put the Celtics ahead 64-58 -- a small lead, but one Boston never relinquished. Boston took a 74-69 edge into the fourth quarter, and Allen scored 14 in the final stanza to help sustain the Celtics lead for good.
Boston and Portland have each owned long winning streaks this season; The Celtics' season-high is nine games, while the Blazers rattled off 13 straight wins in December...Pierce finished with 12 points...The Celtics made 25-of-38 free throws, while the Blazers converted 17-of-24...Portland shot 45 percent (9-of-20) from three-point territory.
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