Aldridge notches 4th straight double-double, and Portland win streak reaches 5 at start of trip

Portland Trail Blazers 109, BOSTON CELTICS 96

Friday night, TD Garden, 18,624 (announced attendance, sellout)


The Blazers won all four quarters and won at Boston for the first time since 2004, as Portland opened a four-game trip.


It was Portland's fifth consecutive win, and the Blazers have the second-best record (7-2) in the NBA Western Conference, trailing San Antonio (9-1) and ahead of two 6-3 teams, the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. Oklahoma City is 5-3.

The Celtics fell to 4-6 with their second loss in a row.


LaMarcus Aldridge had his fourth consecutive double-double, with game highs of 27 points and 12 rebounds. He made 11 of 18 field-goal attempts.

Mo Williams came off the bench to make 8 of 13 shots, all 2-pointers, and match Nicolas Batum's 18 points. Williams and Batum also were 1-2 on the squad in assists, with 8 and 6, respectively.

Damian Lillard had 17 points, although he was 6 of 15 from the field and had a game-high six turnovers, with four assists.

Robin Lopez had 10 rebounds at center for Portland.

For Boston, 6-9 power forward Jared Sullinger scored 26 points and had 8 rebounds in 36 minutes off the bench. He had missed Boston's previous game with a bruised knee.


Boston cut a 14-point deficit to 7 with 8:51 left, but the Blazers pushed their lead back to 14 at 103-89.

Portland led in fast-break points 15-8 and second-chance points 17-8, and led by as many as 15 points.

The Blazers had lost 13 of their previous games against Boston since 2004.

Portland's most-recent win on the road against the Celtics came when the arena was known as the FleetCenter, on March 31, 2004.


Blazers coach Terry Stotts: "You always want to check those arenas off your list."


The Blazers will play a 10 a.m. PT Sunday game at Toronto. The Raptors (4-6) lost 96-80 at home Friday night to Chicago. It was the Bulls' first road win, and it came with star guard Derrick Rose sidelined by a sore hamstring.

Toronto guard Terrence Ross, a second-year pro who once played for Jefferson High, went scoreless in 16 minutes, going 0 for 4 from the field. The 6-6 Ross, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2012 draft, has received some praise of late for his defense, but he is averaging only 6.1 points in 11.6 minutes per game.

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