January 12

Celtics lose eighth straight

The Portland Trail Blazers rally from a 10-point second-quarter deficit for the win.

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 13 rebounds Saturday night as the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Boston Celtics their eighth straight loss, 112-104.

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Celtics forward Brandon Bass defends against the Trail Blazers center LaMarcus Aldridge in the first half of their game Saturday in Portland, Ore.

The Associated Press

The Trail Blazers (28-9) rallied from a 10-point second-quarter deficit. Wesley Matthews scored 18 points and Nicolas Batum had 16. Damian Lillard and Robin Lopez each had 15 points. Lopez also had 13 rebounds.

The win kept Portland tied for first place with Oklahoma City in the Northwest Division.

Avery Bradley led Boston (13-25) with 25 points. The Celtics, who have lost 11 of 12, shot 62 percent during the first half, but only 34 percent after halftime.

Jared Sullinger had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Boston. Sullinger scored 26 points when the two teams played at Boston in November.

Portland took control during the third quarter, when the Blazers took their first lead of the game. The 32-point quarter included a run of 13 consecutive points that staked Portland to a 77-68 lead.

The Trail Blazers led by as many as 13 points midway through the fourth quarter, then held off a late Celtics run to win their second consecutive game.

Despite playing its fourth game in five days, Boston started strongly, hitting 14 of 20 shots during the first quarter to take a 32-27 lead. Bradley hit 6 of 7 shots and scored 13 points during the opening period.

Portland kept close with Boston by hitting six 3-pointers during the first 14 minutes. The Celtics built their lead to double digits at 51-41, then Aldridge made two baskets during the Blazers' run of eight consecutive points, paring the deficit to two points.

Boston led 60-58 at halftime.

NOTES: Blazers owner Paul Allen took in a doubleheader Saturday, attending the Seahawks' NFC divisional playoff game against New Orleans in Seattle during the afternoon, followed by the Blazers game in the evening. Allen owns the Seahawks and Blazers . Boston is the only team with a winning record in Portland at 27-25 . The Blazers play Cleveland at home Wednesday, then tackle their toughest road trip of the season, with games at San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and Oklahoma City. . Blazers guard C.J. McCullum, the 10th pick of last June's draft, connected on his first NBA career 3-pointer late in the first quarter.

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