04/13 23:56 CDT Tatum scores 32 and the Celtics edge the Blazers 116-115
Tatum scores 32 and the Celtics edge the Blazers 116-115
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) --- Jayson Tatum scored 32 points, including a key
3-pointer in the final moments, and the Boston Celtics held off the Portland
Trail Blazers 116-115 on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to four
Jaylen Brown added 24 points and Kemba Walker had 21 for Boston, winners of six
of their last seven games.
Damian Lillard had 28 points and 10 assists, and Carmelo Anthony had 25 points
off the bench for Portland.
Tatum's 3-pointer early in the final quarter put the Celtics up 99-91, their
biggest lead of the game to that point. Anthony closed the gap for Portland
with a jumper and a 3-pointer.
It appeared as if the Celtics were pulling away when Walker's 3 put Boston up
107-99 with just over five minutes left, but Lillard's 3-pointer got Portland
within five points.
CJ McCollum's jumper and a pair of free throws from Lillard narrowed it to
107-106. After Robert Williams III's layup, Lillard's 3 tied it at 109 with
Williams' tip kept the Celtics in front until McCollum's 3 gave Portland a
112-111 lead with 1:01 to go.
Tatum made a pair of free throws before a step-back 3-pointer with 8.5 seconds
appeared to seal it. Norman Powell hit a 3 for the Blazers with 5.4 seconds to
go to close within 116-115, but Portland couldn't catch up.
Tatum, who scored a career-high 53 points in a win last Friday over Minnesota
and earned player of the week honors, scored 17 of his points in the third
The Blazers have lost five of their last seven games.
Portland took a 37-28 lead midway through the opening half after Anthony's
3-pointer. But Tatum's 3 pulled the Celtics into a tie at 47, and Boston
extended the lead to 55-49 on another 3 from Marcus Smart.
After Portland led at 60-57 at the half, it was tight throughout most of the
third quarter. Tatum's 3 put Boston ahead 82-80, but Anthony answered with a
jumper for Portland before Enes Kanter added a rim-shaking dunk and free throw
against his former team.
The Blazers' lead was short-lived and Boston went into the final quarter with a
The Celtics were coming off a 105-87 victory over the Nuggets on Sunday that
snapped Denver's eight-game winning streak.
Celtics rookie guard Payton Pritchard grew up in the Portland area and played
for Oregon. But because of coronavirus restrictions, his families and friend
could not attend his first NBA game at the Moda Center.
Celtics: Guard Evan Fournier missed his fifth straight game because of health
and safety protocols. He was not with the team. ... The Celtics won both games
against the Blazers last season.
Trail Blazers: The Blazers visit the Celtics on May 2 to complete the season
series. ... The Blazers were coming off a 107-98 loss to the Miami Heat.
The Celtics visit the Denver Nuggets on Thursday to wrap up their three-game
The Trail Blazers visit San Antonio on Friday.
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