May 23, 2018
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Aldridge helps Blazers beat up Celtics

Mark L. Baer | USA Today Sports
Mark L. Baer | USA Today Sports
Boston Celtics power forward Jared Sullinger (7) shoots the ball against Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez (42) during the second half at TD Garden in Boston Friday night.
By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange

BOSTON — The Portland Trail Blazers just had too much for the Boston Celtics on Friday night.

The Trail Blazers, with forward-center LaMarcus Aldridge leading the way, opened a four-game road trip with a 109-96 victory over the Celtics, Portland’s first win in Boston since 2004.

Aldridge had 27 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double as the Blazers ended a nine-game TD Garden losing streak and improved to 7-2 this season.

The Celtics, losing their second straight after a four-game winning streak that included a road win over the Miami Heat, fell to 4-6 under first-year coach Brad Stevens.

Portland guard Mo Williams and forward Nicolas Batum scored 18 points apiece. Batum had six assists and five rebounds, and scored 10 points in the third quarter.

Guard Damien Lillard scored 17 points as the Blazers spoiled a career-high 26 points (and eight rebounds) by Boston forward/center Jared Sullinger.

Sullinger, who missed a game with a bruised knee, came off the bench and played 36 minutes, going 11-for-18 from the floor.

Forward Jeff Green added 14 points for Boston but made just 4-for-11 shots from the field.

The Trail Blazers came in shooting 42.2 percent from 3-point range, leading Stevens to point to it as a key. And it was the 3-pointer that gave Portland its six-point halftime lead. The Blazers had hit only two in the first 24 minutes but made three of them late in the half.

They hit two more in the first 5:07 of the third quarter to lead by seven and finished the night with nine treys while going 20-for-22 from the foul line.

Celtics rookie center Kelly Olynyk was in foul trouble almost immediately and was limited to 6:29 in the first half. He started the second half with three fouls and got his fourth 29 seconds into the third quarter before departing again.

Olynyk played 15 minutes and had two points and two rebounds. He came into the game averaging 8.7 points and 6.0 rebounds.

NOTES: Stevens said he was ready to get Sullinger “right back in there” off the bench and Sullinger entered 4:28 into the game after rookie C Kelly Olynyk picked up two quick fouls. Sullinger had eight points and two rebounds by the end of the first quarter. … The Trail Blazers began a four-game road trip that continues Sunday in Toronto and goes on to Charlotte and Brooklyn. The Celtics play the next three on the road, visiting the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night before hitting Texas for games at Houston and San Antonio. … Portland F-C LaMarcus Aldridge, who often lives in double-double territory, had just two in 12 career games against Boston coming in.

Heat 110, Mavericks 104

MIAMI — In a matchup of the two teams that have combined to win the past three NBA championships, the Miami Heat, led by forward LeBron James’ season-high 39 points, defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 110-104, Friday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.

In some respects, the game was reminiscent of the 2011 NBA Finals, when Dallas beat Miami and players such as James, Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki starred.

On Friday, the two-time defending champion Heat (6-3) got the better of the Mavs (5-4), led by James. Wade had 17 points, a season-high eight assists and a career-high eight steals. He also had five rebounds in 36 minutes. His only negative was at the foul line, where he made only three of seven.

Nowitzki led Dallas with a season-high 28 points.

Trailing 102-99 with 1:21 left, the Mavs had a chance to tie. But Mavs guard Monta Ellis missed a 3-pointer. Heat forward Chris Bosh then made two free throws, and James did the same to help Miami pull away.

Miami had 19 steals and five blocks, forcing a season-high 24 Mavs turnovers.

With 5:01 left in the fourth quarter, Heat point guard Mario Chalmers was ejected after he elbowed Nowitzki. Miami was up 98-95 after that Mavs’ possession and Dallas pulled to within 98-97 after a Nowitzki jumper.

But Bosh’s jumper took a fortuitous bounce to give the Heat a 100-97 lead with 3:54 left.


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