Trail Blazers 113, Celtics 98
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Rod Stickland, Buck Williams and Otis Thorpe scored 19 points apiece as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated Boston 113-98 Thursday night, handing the Celtics their sixth straight loss.
Boston’s Dominique Wilkins led all scorers with 25 points, 18 of those in the first half on 7-of-11 shooting. Sherman Douglas and Dee Brown added points apiece.
Clifford Robinson added 18 points before picking up his fourth foul midway through the third period, and Terry Porter had 16 and Jerome Kersey 14 for Portland.
Williams had 14 first-quarter points and a season-high five blocked shots, four of those in the first half when the Blazers held a 63-51 margin.
The Blazers’ bench provided a 51-22 scoring margin that helped Portland to a 63-51 halftime lead and an 87-76 lead after three periods.
Portland shot 54 percent from the field in the first half and continued that percentage through the game and ended hitting 46 of 85.
Wilkins started in place of Xavier McDaniel, sidelined with an unexplained back ailment just prior to the game.
Despite a Boston third-period run that tied the game at 70 with 5:16 left, the Blazers closed out the quarter with a 17-6 spurt.
Thorpe had five points in the run, including a layup with 3.6 seconds left that closed the third out with Portland leading 87-76. Thorpe scored nine of his total in the fourth period.
Wilkins was held to two points in the final 15 minutes of play by Kersey, who came in just before Boston tied the game and made three key defensive stops.
Portland led 63-51 at halftime, but the Celtics went on a 19-7 run in the third period.
Derek Strong’s two free throws tied the score at 70 all after Brown and Wilkins had scored three and five points, respectively, in the run.