Celts Comeback Fall Short at Portland
Matthews scores 24 as Blazers beat Celtics 92-86
By ANNE M. PETERSON=
AP Sports Writer=
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Wesley Matthews had 24 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with less than a minute to go, and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped their longest losing streak of the season at seven games with a 92-86 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.
J.J. Hickson's hook shot put the Blazers ahead 86-80, but a pair of reverse layups from Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass pulled the Celtics to 86-82 with 2:54 left.
Kevin Garnett's layup with 1:46 to go tied it, but rookie Damian Lillard answered with his own layup and added a free throw to give Portland back the lead. Matthews, hobbled at times during the game with a sore left leg, hit the step-back 3-pointer that gave the Blazers the final margin with 53.9 seconds left.
Pierce had 23 points and eight assists for the Celtics, who were playing their third game in four nights.