Thursday , Nov , 11 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Boston Celtics Team Report – November 11

=== Boston Celtics Team Report – November 11 ===

(Sports Network) – Paul Pierce nailed a jumper at the buzzer to give the
Boston Celtics a 90-88 victory over Portland at the FleetCenter.

Pierce, who scored 20 points, hit the step-back jump shot moments after he was
poked in the eye by Portland rookie Sebastian Telfair while fighting for a
rebound at the other end.

The All-Star got the shot off over the hand of Ruben Patterson with a half-
second left on the clock, and then leaped onto the scorer’s table to
celebrate.

Raef LaFrentz added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who won their
second straight game despite blowing a 20-point lead. Gary Payton chipped in
15 points in the win, and passed the career 20,000-point mark in the fourth
quarter.

The Trail Blazers took their first lead of the game inside the 9:00 mark of
the fourth quarter when Patterson’s bucket made it 74-73. They led until
Payton drained a three-pointer with five minutes left to put him over the
20,000-points plateau and give Boston an 80-79 lead.

Later in the quarter, with the score tied at 87, LaFrentz went 1-for-2 at the
free throw line to give the Celtics a one-point lead. Payton was rejected
moments later by Theo Ratliff, and Zach Randolph made one of his two free
throws at the other end to tie the game again with 19.1 seconds left.

Pierce ended it moments later, giving the Celtics their first home victory
over Portland since March 1, 1998.

Boston returns to action on Friday when they host the expansion Charlotte
Bobcats.

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