Portland at Boston

Allen nets season-high 35 points; Celtics end two-game slide

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BOSTON -- Ray Allen impressed teammate Paul Pierce with his shooting. For Allen, satisfying himself proved to be a tougher task.

Allen scored a season-high 35 points, Kevin Garnett had 26 and the Boston Celtics rebounded from their first back-to-back losses of the season with a 100-90 victory against Portland on Wednesday night.

Allen, who scored 26 points in the second half on 9-of-13 shooting, wasn't about to get caught up in the excitement of his scoring.

"Every time I leave here I feel like I've left something out there on the table," he said. "I feel that way right now. There were some shots I should have knocked down."

The 12-year veteran had Pierce enjoying his work, though.

"It was great to watch. When you've got a hot player like that who's done it so many times throughout his NBA career, you just try to ride the hot hand," Pierce said "We just tried to get him the ball as much as we could. He made plays off the ball, on the ball and finished it with the shot."

The Atlantic Division-leading Celtics, who had lost three of their previous four games and two straight at home, also got 12 points from Pierce and 10 from Eddie House. Boston had lost its previous two games, both to Washington.

Brandon Roy led the Northwest Division-leading Trail Blazers with 22 points. Travis Outlaw and Jarrett Jack each had 17.

Portland, which lost for just the third time in 21 games overall, fell to 6-12 on the road.

The surprising Trail Blazers might have come into the game hoping to compete with Boston instead of working like they have so far this season.

"I don't think we believed we could beat them," Roy said. "We've been playing to win lately, but tonight I think we just came in to give them a good game. The next time we play them we have to believe that we can actually beat them."

Allen scored 12 points, including eight straight in the third quarter, helping the Celtics take a 74-69 lead after three.

Portland tied it at 56 before Kendrick Perkins' free throw moved the Celtics ahead for good. House followed with a 3 from the right corner before Allen took over, scoring off drives to the basket three times and hitting a pair of free throws to give Boston 68-63 lead.

After the Trail Blazers cut it to 71-69, Allen completed his quarter with a reverse layup. He then opened the fourth with a jumper from the right baseline on Boston's first possession and Tony Allen had a breakaway dunk, giving the Celtics a 78-69 advantage.

Portland cut it to 80-75 on Outlaw's 3 with 7:55 to go, but Ray Allen hit a key 3, followed that with a turnaround jumper and added a 3 with 50 seconds left to help Boston seal the victory.

Ray Allen capped his second half with four free throws in the final 31 seconds.

"They showed why they're the best team record-wise in the league right now," Portland coach Nate McMillan said.

Portland led 45-43 at halftime.

Notes

  • Boston PG Rajon Rondo was sidelined because of a sore lower back.
  • Portland's Greg Oden, the first overall selection in last June's draft who was sidelined after season-ending right knee surgery on Sept. 13, spoke about the possibility of being a Celtic before the game. "I was on a plane (when the lottery order was decided in April) and it was like Boston or Memphis. Then, when I got off the plane, it was Portland," he said. Boston, which finished with the second-worst record last season, got the No. 5 pick and traded it on draft night to Seattle in a deal for Ray Allen.
  • Oden said he was excited to see Garnett play in person. "Just being able to see what he does in real life," he said.
  • Celtics reserve F Leon Powe was not with the team after his significant other, Lloren Cook, gave birth to a boy earlier in the day.
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He got game: Ray Allen pounds out a season-high 35 points to help Boston break out of its mini slump.  (AP)
He got game: Ray Allen pounds out a season-high 35 points to help Boston break out of its mini slump. (AP)

Scoreboard
Portland (23-15) 1926242190
Boston (31-6) «19243126100
POR:B. Roy 22 Pts
POR:J. Przybilla 9 Reb
POR:B. Roy 6 Ast
BOS:R. Allen 35 Pts
BOS:P. Pierce 8 Reb
BOS:P. Pierce 5 Ast
Players of the Game
BostonPortland

R. Allen

B. Roy
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
35332226
Portland
B. Roy, SG407-167-826222
L. Aldridge, PF277-122-460616
J. Przybilla, C251-41-49043
S. Blake, PG232-60-01415
M. Webster, SG232-40-02146
T. Outlaw, SF316-83-373217
J. Jack, PG286-123-425117
J. Jones, SF251-21-14034
C. Frye, PF120-40-05040
S. Rodriguez, PG50-10-00010
R. LaFrentz, PF10-00-01000
D. Miles, SFDid Not Play
T. Green, PGDid Not Play
J. McRoberts, PFDid Not Play
G. Oden, CDid Not Play
Totals 32-6917-2439192890
 46.4%70.8% 
Boston
R. Allen, SG4212-207-833535
K. Garnett, PF379-178-973326
P. Pierce, SG353-116-1185212
E. House, SG344-80-045110
K. Perkins, C251-41-47033
J. Posey, SF261-52-44044
T. Allen, SG162-40-02125
G. Davis, PF131-31-24223
G. Pruitt, PG121-60-02122
S. Pollard, CDid Not Play
B. Scalabrine, PFDid Not Play
L. Powe, PFDid Not Play
R. Rondo, PGDid Not Play
Totals 34-7825-38412024100
 43.6%65.8% 
Other Games
GS 117 Final
Ind 125
Chi 126 Final
Mia 96
Sac 91 Final
Tor 116
Orl 93 Final
Char 99
NY 111 Final
NJ 105
Sea 92 Final
NO 123
Atl 80 Final
Mil 87