NBA Game Summary - Portland at Boston|
(Friday, November 30th)
Final Score: Boston 96, Portland 78
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics did just fine in their first
game without Rajon Rondo, with Jeff Green scoring a season-best 19 points off
the bench to lead the way in a 96-78 rout of the cold-shooting Portland Trail
Blazers at TD Garden.
Jason Terry added 17 points as Boston easily overcame the absence of its All-
Star point guard, who was serving the first of a two-game suspension for
fighting with Brooklyn's Kris Humphries in Wednesday's 95-83 home loss to the
Paul Pierce amassed 12 points and eight rebounds to help the Celtics to their
third victory in four games and sixth consecutive triumph over Portland.
"It shows good character for our team," said Boston's Courtney Lee, who
tallied 10 points and five assists while starting in Rondo's place. "We got
beat bad on our own court [on Wednesday] then we went to practice, had a real
tough practice. [Head coach] Doc [Rivers] was on us the whole time, so we
wanted to come in and protect home court, because we can't keep letting teams
come in and beat us on our home court."
LaMarcus Aldridge was the lone bright spot in an otherwise brutal offensive
display for the Trail Blazers. Portland shot just 34.8 percent overall and
went 3-of-15 from 3-point range, while committing 23 turnovers as well to fall
to 0-4 on its current 7-game road trip.
Aldridge paced all players with 23 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
Having Rondo, a four-time All-NBA Defensive Team honoree, unavailable didn't
have much of an effect against the off-target Blazers, who went a woeful 2-
of-14 from the field in the second quarter and trailed by as many as 25
points in the first half.
Boston began the game with a 9-2 run and opened up a 17-7 lead on Terry's
second-chance jumper with just over five minutes remaining in the first
quarter. The Celtics carried a 25-18 edge into the second period, then started
to pull away in a stanza that featured more offensive ineptitude from
The Celtics scored the first nine points of the session, the last seven of
which came from Green, then later put together a 7-0 spurt ignited by a Terry
triple to build a comfortable 41-22 advantage just past the midway point of
"Boston came out really aggressive," said Blazers head coach Terry Stotts.
"Doc called them a soft team and they came out aggressive. And they were very
aggressive with their pick and rolls. They had us on our heels for the first
two quarters and it took us a while to regroup."
Portland continued to miss shots, and Boston opened up a commanding 56-31 lead
on Pierce's trey with 19.3 seconds left in the half before the Blazers'
Nicolas Batum ended the quarter by making a pair of free throws.
Boston shot a solid 56.8 percent over the first two quarters, while Portland
hit on only 23.3 percent (7-of-30) of its attempts and turned the ball over 11
"Our defense was fantastic," said Rivers. "We did a couple things different,
trapping, it was great. And then the ball movement was terrific as well in the
The Trail Blazers did manage to cut into the deficit in the third quarter,
with Damian Lillard accounting for six points of a 10-2 flurry over the final
2 1/2 minutes that brought the visitors within 75-59.
Portland trimmed the margin to 15 points on two occasions early in the fourth
quarter, but a 10-2 Boston run highlighted by back-to-back long-distance
baskets by Leandro Barbosa and Green put the contest out of reach entering the
last six minutes.
Rondo will complete his suspension when the Celtics visit Milwaukee on
Saturday ... Portland hasn't bested the Celtics since a 91-86 home win on Dec.
30, 2008 and has now dropped nine in a row on the road in this series, having
last prevailed in Boston on Mar. 31, 2004 ... Blazers rookie center Meyers
Leonard finished with 11 points in 22 minutes off the bench ... Boston
recalled forward Kris Joseph from Maine of the NBDL prior to the game, with
the rookie scoring two points in five minutes.
12/01 00:05:24 ET