Tue. Mar 21st, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore (AP) — Jayson Tatum had 34 points and 12 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics withstood a late Portland rally for a 126-112 victory more than the struggling Trail Blazers on Friday evening.

Jaylen Brown added 27 points for the Celtics, who have won 4 of their final 5 right after a 3-game losing streak. Boston sits behind NBA-major Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference.

Damian Lillard completed with 41 points — such as 25 in the fourth quarter — for the Blazers, who have lost 5 straight. At 13th in the West, Portland hasn’t however been eliminated from the playoffs but time was operating out with just 12 games remaining.

Boston led by as a lot of as 21 points in the third quarter. Lillard’s three-pointer pulled Portland inside 109-96 and he hit one more three to close the gap to 111-103.

The teams exchanged totally free throws prior to Brown dunked and Al Horford hit a three-pointer to place Boston up 118-105 with 1:33 left and all but seal the win.

Tatum (hip) and Marcus Intelligent (non-COVID illness) have been questionable prior to the game but each began for the Celtics. Malcolm Brogdon sat out with proper Achilles tendon soreness.

Grant Williams’ three-pointer place the Celtics up 42-30 in the second quarter. Boston led by as a lot of as 16 in the half to go ahead 63-48 at the break. Tatum led all scorers with 19 points.

The Celtics extended the lead to as a lot of as 19 points in the third quarter.

TIP INS

Celtics: With a steal in the opening quarter, Intelligent became the fourth Boston player to attain 900 profession steals. … It was fourth of a six-game road trip for the Celtics. … The Celtics won the very first of the two meetings with the Blazers 115-93 on March eight.

Trail Blazers: Beginning forward Jerami Grant missed his second game with a left quad contusion. … The Blazers have been also with out Nassir Tiny for the reason that of illness. … Portland announced earlier in the day that forward Justise Winslow underwent a bone marrow therapy on his left ankle. He has not played given that spraining his ankle in December.

UP Subsequent

Celtics: Check out the Utah Jazz on Saturday evening.

Trail Blazers: Host the Clippers on Sunday evening.

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By Editor