The Celtics bounced back from two losses in a row to beat the Portland Trailblazers 100-90. The Blazers are a very tough team and Brandon Roy is destined for greatness. When they get Oden in the middle next year they are going to be the team to beat. But tonight, the Celtics, behind the hot shooting of Ray Allen, came out on top. It was a game with 14 lead changes and 24 ties that was a war for most of the game.
In the first half, The Blazers went up by 9 and the Celtics fought back to take the lead briefly but went into half time down 45-43. The Celtics shot 36% for the half and only 57% from the line. In the second half, the Celtics came on strong and gradually pulled away, outscoring the Blazers 31-24 in the third quarter and 26-21 in the fourth.
Ray Allen was the player of the game, snapping out of his shooting slump to score 35 points to go along with 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal. KG also had a strong game with 26 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal. Pierce struggled offensively but played well in other areas, finishing with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
Perk set the tone defensively and finished with 3 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Big Baby had another nice outing finishing with 3 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists in 12 minutes of play. Posey added 4 points and 4 rebounds.
Rondo sat out the game with a sore back and sore hamstring. House got the nod as the starting point guard. He had a very good game and was aggressive on both ends of the court with 10 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. Gabe Pruitt finally got some time backing up House and looked good, finishing with 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 12 minutes while playing some aggessive defense. Tony played well again with 5 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.
The Celtics finished the game shooting 43.6% while Portland shot 46.4%. The Celtics were woeful from beyond the arc, shooting only 26.9%. They also missed 13 free throws, shooting 65.9% from the line. They took good care of the ball with only 8 turnovers, while the Blazers committed 19. The Celtics had a slight edge in rebounding, pulling down 41, while the Blazers had 39. It was a very good game and nice to see the Celtics hang on for the win. Look out for this Portland team. They are for real.