PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) –scored 32 points, including a critical 3-pointer in the final moments, and the Boston Celtics held off the Portland Trail Blazers 116-115 on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to four straight games.
added 24 points, and Kemba Walker had 21 for Boston, winning six of their last seven games.
Damian Lillard had 28 points and ten assists, andhad 25 points off the bench for Portland.
Tatum’s 3-pointer early in the final quarter put the Celtics up 99-91, their most significant game lead to that point. Anthonyfor Portland with a jumper and a 3-pointer.
It appeared the Celtics werewhen Walker’s 3 put Boston up 107-99 with just over five minutes left, but Lillard’s 3-pointer got Portland within five points.
CJ McCollum’s jumper and a pair of free throws from Lillard narrowed it to 107-106. After Robert Williams III’s layup, Lillard’s 3 tied it at 109 with 2:03 left.
Williams’ tip kept the Celtics in front until McCollum’s 3 gave Portland a 112-111 lead with 1:01 to go.
Tatum made a pair of free throws before a step-back 3-pointer with 8.5it. Norman Powell hit a 3 for the Blazers with 5.4 seconds to close within 116-115, but Portland couldn’t catch up.
Tatumin a win last Friday over Minnesota and earned Player of the Week honors, scoring 17 points in the third quarter.
The Blazers have lost five of their last seven games.
Portland took a 37-28half after Anthony’s 3-pointer. But Tatum’s 3 pulled the Celtics into a tie at 47, and Boston to 55-49 on another three from Marcus Smart.
It was tight throughout most of the third quarter after Portland led at 60-57 at the half. Tatum’s 3 put Boston ahead 82-80, but Anthony answered with a jumper for Portland before Enes Kanter added a rim-shaking dunk and free throw against his.
The Blazers‘ lead was short-lived, and Boston went into the final quarter with a 92-87 advantage.
The Celtics were coming off a 105-87 victory over the Nuggets on Sunday that snapped Denver’s eight-game. Celtics rookie guard Payton Pritchard grew up in Portland and played for Oregon. But because of , his family and friend could not attend his first NBA game at the Moda Center.
Celtics: Guard Evan Fournier missed his fifthbecause of health and safety protocols. He was not with the team. … The Celtics won both games against the Blazers last season.
The Blazers visit the Celtics on May 2 to complete the season series. off a 107-98 loss to the Miami Heat.
The Celtics visit theon Thursday to wrap up their three-game trip.
The Trail Blazers visit San Antonio on Friday.
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