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He had been cold all night long, but Paul Pierce found Ray Allen in the corner with 10.7 seconds left in the game to hit a three pointer and seal the win for Boston on Wednesday night. The Celtics took home their fifth straight victory with a 99-95 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
After being down for most of the game, the Celtics were able to mount a comeback during the third quarter only to see their double digit lead fall to just one point with a little less than a minute left in regulation. Allen’s three had stopped a late 15-0 run by Portland, a team that has been known for struggling in the fourth quarter thus far this season. A win is a win, though, regardless of how they get it, and for Boston this one had to have felt good after their back and forth battle all night.
Paul Pierce was the leader in more ways that one Wednesday for the Celtics on AIDS Awareness Night that featured the C’s in red warm-up jerseys. Pierce willed the team to win and carried them throughout with his 28 points and seven rebounds. Kevin Garnett contributed 17 points and eight rebounds, Shaquille O’Neal added 14 points, and Rajon Rondo had another double-double with both 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The bench was featured again by Glen Davis and Marquis Daniels. Davis, for the second night in a row, was as hot as a pistol when shooting the ball and tallied 16 points as well as grabbed seven rebounds. Although Daniels was not the offensive weapon Davis was with just three points, he was able to play lock-down defense down the stretch and was even kept in the game over Pierce for his defense despite Pierce’s ability to score.
The Trail Blazers were led by their four starters who scored in double figures. Wesley Matthews led the four with 23 points, Andre Miller had 20 points, and both Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points. No one on their bench was really able to get anything going offensively other Rudy Fernandez, who had eight points and hit two three pointers.
This was a strange game that saw the Celtics accumulating 17 turnovers, with 10 of them coming in the first half alone. It was another one of those nights that it seemed all the calls were going against the C’s while Portland was getting away with anything. However, as previously stated, a win is a win and the Celtics will take this one. They await their second meeting of the season with the Chicago Bulls in Boston on Friday night.
Kevin Garnett was hit in the chin during the third quarter by Andre Miller and had to leave the game briefly to receive five stitches.
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