Turner’s last-second shot rises Celtics over Blazers

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Turner’s last-second shot rises Celtics over Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers began Thursday 20-0 in games in that they hold a lead after 3 quarters. Now they are 20-1.

Guard Evan Turner’s 3-point shot with one second remaining gave a Boston Celtics a 90-89 feat over a Trail Blazers during a Moda Center.

Turner pronounced he sought boundless involvement as he got a round during a 3-point arc with an possibility to win a game.

“I kind of prayed to make a large shot,” a fifth-year pro out of Ohio State said, “and it happened.”

Guard Avery Bradley scored 18 points, and brazen Jared Sullinger combined 17 points and 9 rebounds for a Celtics, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Guard Damian Lillard finished with 21 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds for a Trail Blazers, who mislaid for a fifth time in 6 games. Portland ensure Wesley Matthews scored 16 of his 18 points in a second half.

Boston, trailing 89-88, called timeout with 8.5 seconds after Sullinger rebounded his possess missed 3-point attempt. The Celtics (14-26) inbounded to Sullinger, who had a round knocked divided from him. In a hasten to collect it, Sullinger dived and came adult with it, afterwards rifled a pass to Turner in 3-point range. Turner buried it.

“Not to be arrogant, though it was usually good rhythm,” pronounced Turner, who contributed 10 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds. “I was means to glow it high adequate that it felt good.”

Portland (31-13) called a full timeout, afterwards a 20-second timeout, though Lillard was incompetent to get off a final shot before a horn sounded.

The Blazers carried a 72-67 advantage streamer into a fourth entertain and extended it to 84-77 on Lillard’s fall-back jumper with 5:35 remaining. Boston outscored Portland 13-5 a rest of a way, a Blazers sharpened 2-for-13 from a margin and 2-for-4 during a tainted line.

“We blew it. That’s a approach we demeanour during it,” pronounced Matthews, who went 6-for-15 from a margin though was 4-for-8 from 3-point range. “We had chances. It’s easy to demeanour during a final play, though we’re going to have to demeanour behind to where we could have damaged a diversion open. Tough loss.”

Portland trailed usually 44-42 during a half notwithstanding 1-for-10 sharpened from 3-point range. Blazers core Chris Kaman scored 12 of his 13 points before halftime, falling 6 of 8 shots from a margin before a break.

The Blazers held glow from over a arc in a third quarter, knocking down 7 of 11 attempts.

Matthews sank 4 uninterrupted 3-pointers to pull Portland in front 56-52 with 6:55 left in a third quarter. Boston rallied to go behind forward 66-65 on a Bradley expostulate late in a quarter, though a Blazers took a five-point lead into a final period.

Sullinger was usually blissful to be means to assistance out on a Celtics’ final play.

“Coach (Brad Stevens) drew adult a play for me to drive, though a line was clogged up,” he said. “(The Blazers) sloping it, and we was means to dive on a lax ball. we had seen ET far-reaching open. It was a propitious pass to ET.”

Stevens was blissful Sullinger didn’t try to call timeout, since a Celtics had nothing remaining.

“He done a unequivocally heads-up play and pacifist on a floor,” a second-year Boston manager said. “The round always matters, though it matters some-more during that indicate of time. To get a lax round and flog it out right to where Evan got a shot was big.

“You felt like it had a possibility to go in. That’s usually kind of a approach a diversion infrequently plays itself out.”

The Blazers were anticipating Lillard — who has done several game-winning shots in his 2 1/2-year NBA career — would get another possibility during glory. The Celtics’ invulnerability prevented it.

“They zoned it up,” Portland manager Terry Stotts said. “We ran one play and they lonesome it well. (After a timeout), Wes might have been open, though they zoned it adult and did a good pursuit again. With one second left, it’s a tough play.

“We had a possibility to win a game. We indispensable one some-more play, though we didn’t finish it off.”

NOTES: The feat pennyless Boston’s 24-game highway losing strain to Western Conference opponents. The final time a Celtics beaten a West group outward of Boston was Feb. 25, 2013, during Utah. … Portland was but F LaMarcus Aldridge, who will bear medicine to correct a ripped vinculum on a outward of his left ride and is approaching to be out 6 to 8 weeks. The 6-foot-11, 260-pound Aldridge harmed a ride while restraint a shot of Sacramento C DeMarcus Cousins in a second entertain of Monday night’s game. Aldridge pronounced a medicine would take place within a week. … The Blazers, also but C Robin Lopez (hand) and C Joel Freeland (back), combined another damage Thursday when F Nicolas Batum left late in a second entertain after spiteful his wrist.

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