May 11, 2021

Sports Legend

McCollum helps Hot Trail Blazers kill Celtics


FILE – Rodney Hood # 5, Carmelo Anthony # 00, CJ McCollum # 3 and Damian Lillard # 0 of the Portland Trail Blazers celebrate their 125-119 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at the Moda Center on March 19, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. Steph Chambers / Getty Images / AFP (Photo by Steph Chambers / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

CJ McCollum scored 33 points, game-high, Damian Lillard added 26 points with 13 assists, and the Portland Trail Blazers won their fourth straight game on their current road swing with a 129-119 loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday. in Boston.

Portland (36-28) has remained perfect in its six road games thanks to a balanced scoring effort with all five starters scoring in double digits. Three slaps for at least 23 points with Norman Powell scoring 23, including a stunt drive in the last minute that gave Portland a seven-point lead.

Powell’s basket followed a 3-point Carmelo Anthony who ended a 2:43 field goal drought. Anthony finished with 13 points and his 3 point was the last of Portland’s 19 on a 19 of 38 shoot night for the team.

The Trail Blazers’ defensive effort in the second half on Jayson Tatum was also crucial. Tatum – a game pulled out of the Celtics’ franchise record tie with 60 points – scored 24 points in a boisterous first half with the teams combining for 142 points.

Portland held Tatum to just two points in the third quarter and nine points in the second half. He finished with 33 points on 11 of 19 shots before leaving in the last minute after colliding with teammate Jaylen Brown.

Brown also left the game.

“Jaylen and Jayson, I don’t have any updates on them other than they were both in their bedroom being checked out,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the game. “They certainly weren’t bloated yet, but it can happen overnight.

“We will be leaving tomorrow to see how it goes over the next couple of days and I will have more information for you on Tuesday.”

Portland’s defensive intensity forced Boston (34-31) to 18 turnovers, which the Trail Blazers converted to 25 points. Takeout helped Portland overcome a 45-36 rebound gap.

Jusuf Nurkic recorded his fifth double-double in the last six games, posting 14 points and 11 rebounds, but no other Trail Blazer has caught more than Lillard’s six tables.

Boston turned their rebound advantage into a 10-0 advantage in second chance points. The Celtics also beat Portland behind the 3-point line, placing 20 of 39 as a team.

Free throws made the difference for Portland, who beat the Celtics 22 of 26 to 13 of 15.

Brown posted a double-double for Boston with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Evan Fournier finished with 21 points.

Marcus Smart finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, but was ejected with less than two minutes to go when he was assessed a technique after making weak contact with Nurkic on a screen.

Lillard’s technical foul free kick kicked off at the end of the game, 9-2 for Portland.

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