Remember that scene from Bronx Tale when they are down Saratoga and thought they had they race won, but then found out Eddie Mush bet on the race and Sonny ripped up the tickets before the home stretch. He said that the ticket window people give Mush his tickets already ripped up. Well Eddie Mush was in the building tonight and if anyone has been watching the Blazers play in the last ten days that scene definitely fits their description. For the whole first half I was waiting for the Blazers to pull away as they held a lead as big as 11 points. The Celtics would have none of that as they charged back to win their fifth straight and sending Portland to their fifth loss in a row with a 99-95 victory at the T.D. Bank North Garden
The Celtics did what any good team does, they grinded it out and stayed cool. Paul Pierce led the charge back as he scored a game high 28 points on 9-11 shooting including 4-5 from the three point line. As Pierce led the Celtics to a late lead it was teammate Ray Allen who stole the show even though he only made 3-12 shots draining his first three point shot of the evening with 10.7 seconds left in the game to clinch the victory.
Boston started slowly, just not in sync. Their defense just wasn't as the level as we were used to seeing as they were a step slow and not playing with their usual sense of urgency Wesley Matthews (23 points 5-7 from downtown) and Lamarcus Aldridge (18 points and 6 rebounds) both had great first halves of basketball for the visiting team. Paul Pierce led the charge back making a pair of three point shots in the second finishing with 10 points in the quarter. They were also not very sharp on the offensive end turning the ball over 17 times almost blowing a 16 point fourth quarter lead. It was one of those games that was ugly and could have gone to anybody.
Glen Davis , again had a very productive night for the home team scoring 16 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. As I stated last night he is proving to be a very valuable and serviceable rotation player for the Celtics. He made shots, rebounded, and was very active for the White and Green tonight.
Andre Miller also had 20 for Portland.