LaMarcus Aldridge gets double-double, Trail Blazers defeat Celtics

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LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points and added 13 rebounds, his 21st double-double of the season, to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a victory over the Boston Celtics, 112-104. The Trail Blazers shot 40-93 (43.0%) from the field and controlled the offensive glass with 20 rebounds. Portland (28-9) has now won back-to-back games after defeating Orlando Magic on Wednesday.

Aldridge went 8-15 and converted 5-6 from the free throw line. Other top performers for Portland were Wesley Matthews with 18 points and 5 rebounds, Nicolas Batum with 16 points and 7 rebounds, and Robin Lopez with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Avery Bradley had a strong game for Boston in the loss, putting up 25 points on 11-19 shooting. Jared Sullinger chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds, Jordan Crawford finished with 13 points and 6 assists, and Jerryd Bayless put up 12 points and 6 assists.

As expected, the high-octane offense of Portland (ranked first in the NBA in offensive efficiency) picked apart the bottom-tier defense of Boston (ranked 28th in defensive efficiency), putting up 1.19 points per possession. After putting up a sparkling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.64, the Trail Blazers are 5-1 on the season when eclipsing 2.50 in this category. However, the Celtics are 4-4 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a lofty ratio.

Boston (13-25) has now lost eight straight games.

Coming up next, the Trail Blazers take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 13-23 on the year. The Celtics meet the Houston Rockets, currently 24-14 this season. The Trail Blazers have a 1-0 record against Cleveland this season. The Celtics have a 0-1 record against Houston this season.

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