Portland Trail Blazers 109, Boston Celtics 96
The Celtics met the Portland Trail Blazers in Boston tonight after a loss against the Charlotte Bobcats Wednesday night. With their 4-game win streak, Boston once again looked to get back on track and once again become a .500 team.
Boston didn't start this game well, to say the least, missing their first three shots accompanied by a Kelly Olynyk turnover and a Jordan Crawford foul.
The first points for Boston came from Jeff Green on a tip-in following his own missed shot. Green's tip-in did not spark offense for the Celtics though, they missed their next three shots.
After falling behind eight, the Celtics pulled their performance together with the help of Jared Sullinger in the paint and ended the first quarter behind by only two points (23-21).
The second quarter started with a significantly better shooting performance than the first quarter. Courtney Lee, Gerald Wallace, Jared Sullinger, Vitor Faverani, and Phil Pressey went 11-for-12 to start the quarter.
Though the Celtics started the quarter well, toward the end, their lack of ball movement allowed the Blazers to catch up and take a 6-point lead entering halftime (57-51).
The Celtics started the third quarter with a Kelly Olynyk foul. After Nicholas Batum's free throws, Boston hit all of their first four shots.
After a missed jumpshot from Jordan Crawford, a Jared Sullinger jumpshot once again brought the Celtics within two points (63-61) of taking the lead. A Sullinger jump hook shot later in the quarter brought the Celtics within three (73-70). Although the Celtics were within striking distance, they failed to take over. Instead, the Blazers took over and ended the third quarter with a 12-point lead (90-78).
The fourth quarter was pretty much smooth sailing for the Blazers; their lead climbed to as much as 15 points (109-54). The Celtics attempted to score quickly; however, they failed to convert, missing 9 of their last 10 shots.
The Celtics played well to start quarters but were unfortunately unable to close out which hindered them at the end of the game, causing their loss tonight against Portland 109-96. Lamarcus Aldridge, Nicholas Batum, and Mo Williams were the point leaders for Portland, Aldridge with 27 points and Batum and Williams each with 18 points while Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green led Boston, Sullinger with 26 points and Green with 14 points. The Celtics will head to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves tomorrow night.