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Horford hits at buzzer, Celtics top Trail Blazers 97-96

BOSTON (AP) Al Horford captured the attention of Boston sports fans even on Super Bowl Sunday.

Horford made a 15-foot fadeaway jumper at the buzzer and the Celtics finished off the Portland Trail Blazers 97-96 Sunday, giving New England fans a few hours to get home before the Patriots played for the NFL championship.

''Wanted to end the game so we could go watch the Super Bowl,'' Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

Stevens spoke while wearing a Patriots hat. He was joined by Eagles fan and Celtics player Marcus Morris, who sported an Eagles jersey.

''I called game when Al hit the turnaround, just so you know,'' Morris said.

Stevens smiled, adding: ''Al feels a lot like Tom Brady today, right?''

Several jerseys for Brady and fellow Patriots star Rob Gronkowski were in the crowd at TD Garden. An Eagles fan shown on the Jumbotron repeatedly got booed.

Horford wound up with 22 points and 10 rebounds, helping Boston win its fourth in a row.

''He (Stevens) had called a play for Jaylen (Brown) but they were ready for it so he kept yelling keep the ball, keep the ball,'' Horford said. ''It's a shot I work on a lot and it felt good when it left my hands.''

Horford hit a game-winning shot with 3.7 seconds left against Houston earlier this season and also hit a buzzer-beater for Atlanta to beat Washington during the 2013-14 season

Damian Lillard shot just 6 for 19, but scored Portland's final eight points, including a 3-point play with 7.2 seconds remaining to give the Blazers a 96-95 lead.

C.J. McCollum led the Blazers with 22 points and Lillard added 21.

''They executed well down the stretch, made some tough shots,'' McCollum said. ''Credit them for battling back and then down the stretch they seemed to match every basket.''

Boston trailed 85-79 with 5:37 to go before going on an 11-0 run, sparked by consecutive 3-pointers from Semi Ojeleye, Jayson Tatum and Horford.

Tatum had 17 points and Brown scored 16 for the Celtics.

''That shot epitomizes the work he puts in,'' Brown said. ''He embraces those opportunities and steps up to the challenge.''

Terry Rozier had with 11 points on 5-of-18 shooting after recording a triple-double and a career-high 31 points in his previous two games starting in place of Celtics guard Kyrie Irving.

TAKING OFFENSE

Portland had scored over 100 points in its previous 17 games. Lillard missed 10 of his first 11 shots.

DOCTOR'S OFFICE

Irving missed his third straight game with a bruised quad. ... Morris missed his second with a hip injury and Shane Larkin was out for the fourth straight.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Maurice Harkless hit a career-high five 3-pointers and finished with 19. Harkless had 20 points in Portland's last 13 games. ... Portland has dropped six of eight on the road.

Celtics: Boston had more 3-pointers in the first half than two-pointers (8-5). This was the 10th time this season the Celtics have overcome a double-digit lead. Boston is 15-5 against the Western Conference.

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: Visit the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

Celtics: Visit the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Al Horford made turnaround jump shot, assist by Jaylen Brown 0:00
  Personal foul on CJ McCollum 0:04
+ 1 Damian Lillard made free throw 0:07
  Shooting foul on Semi Ojeleye 0:07
+ 2 Damian Lillard made finger-roll layup 0:07
+ 2 Terry Rozier made jump shot 0:14
+ 2 Damian Lillard made jump shot 0:35
  Defensive rebound by Al-Farouq Aminu 0:42
  Jayson Tatum missed finger-roll layup 0:43
  Offensive rebound by Semi Ojeleye 0:50
  Jaylen Brown missed driving layup, blocked by Ed Davis 0:52
Team Stats
Points 96 97
Field Goals 36-91 (39.6%) 35-85 (41.2%)
3-Pointers 13-31 (41.9%) 15-36 (41.7%)
Free Throws 11-14 (78.6%) 12-17 (70.6%)
Total Rebounds 52 61
Offensive 10 9
Defensive 36 42
Team 6 10
Assists 21 24
Steals 4 3
Blocks 9 6
Turnovers 8 11
Fouls 17 16
Technicals 0 1
21 PTS, 6 REB, 9 AST
22 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Trail Blazers 29-24 2628192396
home team logo Celtics 39-15 1919312897
Team Stats
away team logo Trail Blazers 29-24 105.5 PPG 43.5 RPG 19.0 APG
home team logo Celtics 39-15 101.4 PPG 41.7 RPG 21.2 APG
Key Players
C. McCollum SG 21.4 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.4 APG 44.3 FG%
A. Horford C 12.9 PPG 7.4 RPG 4.7 APG 48.9 FG%
Top Scorers
C. McCollum SG 22 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
A. Horford C 22 PTS 10 REB 5 AST
39.6 FG% 41.2
41.9 3PT FG% 41.7
78.6 FT% 70.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. McCollum 35 22 3 3 0 0 2 2 9/22 3/6 1/2 1 2 29 -16
D. Lillard 37 21 6 9 0 1 2 0 6/19 2/9 7/8 1 5 44 0
J. Nurkic 27 14 8 2 1 2 2 6 7/13 0/0 0/0 1 7 27 -8
A. Aminu 33 11 8 2 0 1 0 2 4/13 3/9 0/0 1 7 24 -6
E. Turner 23 0 4 1 0 1 0 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 4 7 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. McCollum 35 22 3 3 0 0 2 2 9/22 3/6 1/2 1 2 29 -16
D. Lillard 37 21 6 9 0 1 2 0 6/19 2/9 7/8 1 5 44 0
J. Nurkic 27 14 8 2 1 2 2 6 7/13 0/0 0/0 1 7 27 -8
A. Aminu 33 11 8 2 0 1 0 2 4/13 3/9 0/0 1 7 24 -6
E. Turner 23 0 4 1 0 1 0 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 4 7 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Harkless 31 19 8 0 1 0 0 3 7/12 5/5 0/0 3 5 28 +5
E. Davis 20 7 6 2 2 2 0 1 3/5 0/0 1/2 2 4 21 +7
P. Connaughton 18 2 1 1 0 0 2 2 0/4 0/2 2/2 1 0 3 +4
Z. Collins 12 0 2 1 0 2 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 6 +4
M. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Layman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Napier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Vonleh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wilcox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swanigan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 96 46 21 4 9 8 17 36/91 13/31 11/14 10 36 189 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Horford 36 22 10 5 0 2 3 2 8/12 2/2 4/4 1 9 41 -2
J. Tatum 36 17 2 5 0 0 3 2 6/14 3/5 2/2 0 2 26 +2
J. Brown 34 16 6 4 1 0 1 2 6/15 4/7 0/0 0 6 30 +4
T. Rozier 36 11 6 5 0 0 1 1 5/18 1/7 0/0 1 5 26 +7
A. Baynes 21 8 8 0 0 2 2 2 3/5 0/0 2/2 1 7 16 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Horford 36 22 10 5 0 2 3 2 8/12 2/2 4/4 1 9 41 -2
J. Tatum 36 17 2 5 0 0 3 2 6/14 3/5 2/2 0 2 26 +2
J. Brown 34 16 6 4 1 0 1 2 6/15 4/7 0/0 0 6 30 +4
T. Rozier 36 11 6 5 0 0 1 1 5/18 1/7 0/0 1 5 26 +7
A. Baynes 21 8 8 0 0 2 2 2 3/5 0/0 2/2 1 7 16 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Nader 19 7 5 1 0 0 0 2 2/8 2/6 1/2 0 5 14 -4
S. Ojeleye 27 6 6 1 1 1 0 2 2/7 2/7 0/0 2 4 16 -5
D. Theis 20 6 8 2 0 1 1 3 2/4 0/0 2/4 4 4 18 +1
G. Yabusele 7 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 1/2 1/2 1/3 0 0 7 +6
K. Allen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Hayward - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Irving - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Larkin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bird - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Smart - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 97 51 24 3 6 11 16 35/85 15/36 12/17 9 42 194 +5