Blazers shoot down Celtics, 109-96

Blazers shoot down Celtics, 109-96
November 15, 2013, 9:45 pm
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BOSTON — The Boston Celtics continue to read from the same keep-the-game-close script.

And the ending, a Celtics loss, was an all-too-familiar one as Boston (4-6) failed to come up with the necessary plays at either end of the floor down the stretch.

That was more than enough for Portland to continue on its winning ways by downing the Celtics 109-96.

Blazers big man LaMarcus Aldridge delivered a fourth straight double-double with a game-high 27 points and 12 rebounds.

Portland also got a big night from Nicolas Batum who had 18 points, six assists and five rebounds.

Boston trailed by as many as eight points in the first quarter, but finished on an 8-2 run to cut Portland's lead to 23-21.

The Celtics were able to take the lead briefly in the second, but the Blazers played from ahead much of the quarter which ended with Portland leading 57-51.

Jared Sullinger, returning to the Celtics lineup after missing their last game due to a bruised bone in his right knee, didn't waste time going to work as he scored 10 of his team-high 26 points off the bench in the first half. He also grabbed eight rebounds while playing a season-high 36 minutes.

Boston also got a strong first half from Vitor Faverani which is when he scored all nine of his points.

Portland came in with a four-game winning streak in large part because they have so many different players who have stepped up at different moments this season.

The Blazers used nine players, eight of which scored in the first half.