By Tyler Sullivan Follow on Twitter @TylerSully
Call it catching a team on the fourth game of a six game road trip and second game of a back to back if you want, but we’ll call the Celtics 116-93 win over the red hot Portland Trail Blazers what it really is — a big time win.
Portland with their two star guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum came out of the gate firing nailing 10 of their first 14 shots and giving their team the 26-16 lead. The second half was where they slowed, however, and it’s also where the Celtics ran away with the game. Boston outscored Portland 30-12 in the third quarter and basically played the reserves for a majority of the fourth.
Marcus Smart’s hustle plays helped his team earn the win and withstand the early Portland run. The Celtics guard finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
Here are some of the highlights …
Isaiah Thomas accepted the challenge to go toe-to-toe with one of the leagues best point guards. In the Thomas-vs-Lillard matchup, it was “The Little Guy” who came away with the better night scoring 30 points. Lillard scored just 20. Thomas also had zero turnovers.
Jared Sullinger, who may have came in to tonight’s matchup with a chip on his shoulder as his name was talked and written about regarding his future with the team, had one of his more memorable games this season. Sully had 15 points and 11 rebounds in the double-double effort. He also had this highlight spin move that ended in an epic slam.
- This is the Celtics 12th straight win at the TD Garden. They’ve also won 10 out of their last 13 games.
- Boston “Gino Time’d” one of the hottest teams in the NBA as Portland came into tonight 13-2 since Jan 23rd. That record is 2nd in the NBA only to the Golden State Warriors.
- Boston did a good job maintaining both of Portland’s guards. Brad Stevens had pressure on Lillard right as he came over the logo at half court.
- Celtics forced 14 Trail Blazer turnovers.
- Boston also picked up the pace outscoring Portland 30-11 in fast break points.
Boston is off on Thursday and will play the first game of a back-to-back on Friday when they host the Knicks. On Saturday, the C’s will be in Cleveland taking on LeBron James and the Cavaliers.