PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For a second consecutive game, the Portland Trail Blazers wiped out a poor first-half performance with a big rally after the break.
For the time being, Blazers coach Terry Stotts is all right with that formula.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 13 rebounds Saturday night as the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Boston Celtics their eighth straight loss, 112-104.
"I like being a second half team. Given the choice I'd rather be a second half team," Stotts said. "But we're still a work in progress. There's room for improvement (and) we aren't a finished product. We've got to continue to grow incrementally."
Earlier this week, Portland trailed Orlando by six points at halftime then outscored the Magic 65-43 to pull away for the win.
Boston was Portland's fifth consecutive opponent with a losing record. The Blazers are only 3-2 during this stretch, and in all but one game they struggled during the first half.
"Playing teams with a lesser record is apparently tough for us to get up for, but in the end it's good to get a win," Stotts said.
Wesley Matthews scored 18 points and Nicolas Batum had 16 for Portland. Damian Lillard and Robin Lopez each had 15 points. Lopez also had 13 rebounds.
"It's been a trend like this for the last month. We're getting every team's best shot, so we have to act accordingly," Matthews said. "We have the record of an elite team and we have to act that way."
The win kept Portland tied for first place with Oklahoma City in the Northwest Division.
The Celtics have lost their past three games to the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State and Portland, all by single digits.
"You've got a shot to win against three contenders for the west but, at the same time, those droughts are killing us," Boston coach Brad Stevens said. "I think we can get better in those. But I'm trying to figure what it is because we're really playing at such a high level the whole rest of the time. That's the encouraging part."
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