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Final: Celtics 104, Trail Blazers 86

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  March 9, 2012 07:51 PM

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Final: Celtics 104-86: The Celtics were outscored 32-16 in the fourth quarter, making this game much closer than the game was for the first three quarters. The Celtics shot 47.7 percent and committed just seven turnovers while the Blazers shot 43.1 percent and committed 28 turnovers.

Fourth quarter, 5:13, Celtics 92-71: The Celtics reserves have scored 4 points in the quarter, making the game a lot closer than it should be. LaMarcus Aldridge remains the lone Blazer to score in double figures. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, each on the bench since the third quarter, each have 22 points.

End of third quarter, Celtics 88-54: The Blazers showed some life near the end of the quarter with a 9-4 run but it's much too play. They are playing for pride and Nate McMillan has decided to clear his bench and insert former BC forward Craig Smith.

Third quarter, 2:42, Celtics 84-45: Ray Allen and Paul Pierce each have 22 points and the Celtics have just five turnovers. The Blazers are shooting 36.2 percent and have 24 turnovers.

Third quarter, 8:00, Celtics 74-37: The Celtics are just trying not to lose concentration and play solid ball before heading out west to Los Angeles tomorrow. The Blazers are just trying to regain some respect. Ray Allen has 17 points for Boston while LaMarcus Aldridge has 16 for Portland.

Halftime, Celtics 65-30: Yeah there is a stunned excitment at TD Garden after the Celtics just anniliated the Blazers in the first half, scoring 38 points in the second quarter as it seems Portland has mailed this one in. LaMarcus Aldridge has scored 16 of Portland's 30 points on 6-for-9 shooting. The rest of the Blazers are 6 of 24. Paul Pierce has 17 points for the Celtics and Ray Allen has 12. Sasha Pavlovic has 8 off the bench for Boston.

Second quarter, 5:31, Celtics 48-21: Not sure what to make of this one, but it looks like the Blazers are mailing this one in with 15 turnovers in the first 18 1/2 minutes of the game. Gerald Wallace and Nicolas Batum have four each. Sasha Pavlovic has 8 points off the bench for Boston.

Second quarter, 10:18, Celtics 36-17: The refreshed Celtics are shooting 63 percent and have gotten 5 points from Sasha Pavlovic, including a steal and a layup as the Blazers look completely disinterested. They are shooting 42.1 percent with 11 turnovers in 14 minutes.

End of first quarter, Celtics 27-17: Things are coming along a little easier than expected because of nine Portland turnovers and 4-for-11 shooting from those Blazers not named LaMarcus Aldridge. He has 8 points while Kevin Garnett has 6 and Rajon Rondo 8 and two assists for the Celtics.

First quarter, 2:05, Celtics 21-14: Portland is playing sloppy basketball with seven turnovers already and it is depending on LaMarcus Aldridge, who has 8 points in 10 minutes. No other Blazer has scored more than 2. Kevin Garnett leads the Celtics with 6 points and they are shooting 52.9 percent in their green St. Patrick's Day uniforms.

First quarter, 5:55, Celtics 14-10: The Celtics have forced four Portland turnovers so far and have taken four more shot attempts en route to the early lead. Kevin Garnett has 6 points for the Celtics while Brandon Bass forced a Portland timeout with a rebound slam of a Rajon Rondo miss.

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