Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/10

Game 1: Wednesday, November 10th
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Celtics90
Game 2: Thursday, December 9th
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Trail Blazers89

Celtics 87

(7-11, 2-7 away)

Trail Blazers 89

(9-8, 6-3 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 9, 2004

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    BOS 25 27 13 2287
    POR 24 26 16 2389

    Top Performers

    Boston: R. LaFrentz 12 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

    Portland: Z. Randolph 22 Pts, 17 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Three Blazers post double-doubles

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Another game between Portland and Boston came down to the final shot. This time, Shareef Abdur-Rahim made sure the Trail Blazers left the court with the win.

    Less than a month after Paul Pierce's last-second shot beat Portland, Abdur-Rahim's buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave the Blazers an 89-87 victory over the Celtics on Thursday night.

    Boston led 87-84 with 29.3 seconds left, but Zach Randolph made two free throws to make it a one-point game. After letting time run down, the Celtics' Gary Payton tried to get the ball in to Pierce, but the shot-clock expired and left Portland with one final chance to win.

    Abdur-Rahim caught an outlet pass from Derek Anderson, set up from 25 feet and drilled the winning shot. He was then mobbed by his teammates, who celebrated a hard-fought victory.

    "(Anderson) got in there and made (Pierce) bite a bit," Abdur-Rahim said. "He kicked it to me and I just thank God for giving me the concentration and concentration to knock it down."

    On Nov. 10, Pierce made a jumper as time expired and gave the Celtics a 90-88 victory over the Trail Blazers at Boston.

    Abdur-Rahim finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds, and Randolph has 22 points and 17 rebounds for the Blazers, who ended a two-game losing streak.

    The final play didn't yield all good news for Portland -- forward Darius Miles bruised his left heel and needed crutches to get around after the game. X-rays on the heel were negative.

    Payton and Mark Blount had 14 points each for Boston, which has lost three straight on its West Coast road trip. Leading scorer Pierce, suffering from flu symptoms, played but was ineffective, finishing with six points.

    "Very disheartening, because we played a good game," Boston coach Doc Rivers said. "Rahim hit a tough shot and hat's off to him."

    Portland shot just 35.5 percent, but dominated the offensive boards and ended up with several second-chance looks. The Blazers outrebounded Boston 62-39, with 26 offensive.

    "Down the stretch I think if we had rebounded the ball well, we would have won the basketball game," Payton said.

    With Nick Van Exel sitting out with a hip injury and Damon Stoudamire struggling, rookie point guard Sebastian Telfair saw plenty of action for the Blazers. The 19-year-old had 11 points in 25 minutes, two more than Stoudamire, who finished with two points and seven assists.

    The Blazers returned the favor on Pierce, whose last-second jumper beat Portland when the teams met Nov. 10. Pierce had a 104-degree fever when the Celtics were traveling up from their game at Golden State on Wednesday, and was questionable up until gametime.

    "Once you get that first point you get your momentum," Telfair said. "I call it getting hyped or amped and your shots start going in and your competitiveness goes up."

    Theo Ratliff had 10 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks for Portland, his first good game in two weeks. Stoudamire, mired in a terrible shooting slump for much of the season, went scoreless for most of the first three quarters and ended up 0-of-8 from the field.

    Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks suggested after Portland's 22-point loss to Phoenix on Sunday that lineup changes were possible, though he later backtracked and kept his usual starters: Stoudamire, Anderson, Abdur-Rahim, Randolph and Ratliff.

    It was another heartbreaking loss for the Celtics, who have lost eight by a single-digits.

    Payton took control on offense near the end of the game, hitting a jumper and two free throws to give Boston an 85-80 lead with 3:28 to go.

    Game notes


    Both teams were excellent from the free-throw line. The Celtics were 18-of-19, while Portland made 19 of 21. ... Boston had won three of its last four at Portland. Last year, the Blazers got off to 22-0 lead and won 105-84. ... The Celtics face Seattle on Saturday and then end their five-game road trip against the Los Angeles Clippers. ... Portland play-by-play man Brian Wheeler and color commentator Mike Rice wore mullet-style wigs as part of an '80s night promotion.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    BOS
    POR
    Points 87 89
    FGM-FGA 34-88 (.386) 33-93 (.355)
    3PM-3PA 1-16 (.063) 4-8 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 18-19 (.947) 19-21 (.905)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-39 26-62
    Assists 14 20
    Turnovers 9 18
    Steals 10 6
    Blocks 8 7
    Fast Break Points 22 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 5

    Top Performers

    Boston
    Portland
    Raef LaFrentz LaFrentz
    Points: 12
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 5
    Zach Randolph Randolph
    Points: 22
    Reb: 17
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1