Pierce, Celtics rout Trail Blazers
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce poured in a game-high 29 points and
Delonte West scored 13 of his 17 points in a dominating fourth quarter by
Boston, which cruised past Portland, 118-90, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Pierce finished 10-of-19 shooting and grabbed six rebounds for the Celtics,
who have won two straight. West, who shot 7-of-12 off the bench, also had six
Wally Szczerbiak added 19 points while Sebastian Telfair tallied 15 and dished
out seven assists in the win.
Boston was an impressive 60 percent from three-point range and shot 51.3
percent from the field.
Zack Randolph led the Trail Blazers with 23 points on 6-of-14 shooting with 12
rebounds and Ime Udoka had 14 points. Portland has dropped its last four
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 12 points and Juan Dixon added 11 in defeat.
The Celtics owned a small lead for the first half of the opening quarter, but
Aldridge’s dunk put the Trail Blazers up by one with 5:35 left. A jumper by
Dixon gave Portland a six-point edge two minutes later, however, Boston went
on an 8-2 spurt capped by three Leon Powe free throws to knot the game, 20-20.
Trailing by four midway through the second, the Celtics opened up a 10-0 run,
finished up by Szczerbiak’s jumper with just under five minutes to play.
Portland, though, tied the contest on two Aldridge free throws, but Pierce
scored eight points in the final two minutes to give Boston a 50-43 halftime
Powe’s dunk put the Celtics, who never trailed during the frame, up by 10 late
in the third. Pierce then followed up with a driving layup and jump shot as
Boston opened up a 12-point lead.
The Celtics owned the fourth, going on a 21-7 burst 3:15 into the quarter,
capped by 10 straight points from West. The Grizzlies never recovered and were
Boston has won back-to-back games for the first time this season…Portland
shot 43 percent from the field…Prior to the game, Boston announced that
center Michael Olowokandi will miss 2-4 weeks with an abdominal
strain…Boston visits New York on Saturday while Portland travels to New