PORTLAND, Ore. – – Jayson Tatum scored 32 points, including one last-minute three-pointer, and Boston Celtics hold back Portland Trail Blazers 116-115 on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to four games.
“We are trending in the right direction,” said Tatum.
Tatum’s three-pointer early in the final quarter put the Celtics ahead 99-91, their biggest lead of the match up to that point. Anthony closed the gap for Portland with a jumper and three-pointer.
It looked like the Celtics pulled out when Walker 3 put Boston ahead 107-99 with five minutes remaining, but Lillard’s 3-pointer put Portland five points away.
A tip from Williams put the Celtics ahead until McCollum gave Portland a 3-point lead with a 112-111 lead with 1:01 remaining.
Tatum made a pair of free throws before the 3-pointer shot a step back with 8.5 seconds seemingly closing it down. Norman Powell made it 3 for the Blazers with 5.4 seconds to close in the 116-115 time frame, but Portland couldn’t catch up.
Tatum, who scored a career-high 53 points in last Friday’s win over Minnesota and earned the Player of the Week award, scored his 17 points in the third quarter.
The Blazers have lost five of their last seven fixtures.
“We failed tonight. There’s no need to keep your head down over this one, “said Anthony.” Tatum does a good shot at stretching. You gave your hat to him. “
Portland led 37-28 midway through the first half after Anthony’s three-pointer. But Tatum’s three goals pulled the Celtics to a draw at 47, and Boston extended the lead to 55-49 with three more. Marcus Smart.
After Portland took the lead at 60-57 in the first half, it was tight for most of the third quarter. Tatum’s third put Boston ahead 82-80, but Anthony replied with a jumper for Portland earlier Edge One added rim-shaking and free throws against his former team.
The Blazers’ lead was short-lived and Boston entered the final quarter with a 92-87 lead.
“I don’t think it’s brain surgery. We have guys who now play a little bit together, have a rhythm together, “said Celtics coach Brad Stevens.” It’s more about the mindset of going down the hill and making the right play for yourself or your teammates. When Smart, Jaylen, Jayson, Kemba were all out there, of course we would look a little different. “
The Celtics picked up a 105-87 win over the Nuggets on Sunday that ended Denver’s eight-winning streak.
The novice guard of the Celtics Payton Pritchard grew up in the Portland area and played for Oregon. However, due to the corona virus ban, his family and friends were unable to attend their first NBA game at the Moda Center.
Celtics: Keepers Evan Fournier missed the fifth match in a row due to health and safety protocols. He’s not with the team. … The Celtics won both matches against the Blazers last season. … Tatum said after the match he was still not 100% after COVID-19 and used his pre-match inhaler to help open up his lungs.
Trail Blazers: The Blazers visit the Celtics on May 2 to finish the season series. … The Blazers suffered a defeat of 107-98 Miami Heat.
NOT THIS ONE
While the Blazers struggled against winning teams, coach Terry Stotts said the game didn’t always lead to disappointment.
“It is very difficult to lose a match, no doubt it is difficult to lose a match. But I think both teams played really well, played hard, were very competitive. No team has a double digit lead, there have been many changes in prospects. “I thought it was a very good NBA game and unfortunately one of the teams had to lose,” said Stotts.
Celtics visiting Denver Nuggets on Thursday to complete their three match journey.
Trail Blazers visit San Antonio on Friday.