BOSTON – – CJ McCollum scored 10 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and Portland held on for a 129-119 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday night, extending the Trail Blazers’ winning streak to four. Carmelo Anthony finished with 13 points – including a 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining to help seal it after Boston pulled within two points.
After rallying from 32 points behind to beat San Antonio in overtime Friday night, the Celtics couldn’t produce another comeback against the Blazers, who shot 52%. The Blazers also helped themselves by forcing 18 turnovers and committing only nine. “We created turnovers in a variety of ways. But I think the pressure on the ball, our hands and our alertness on the weak side all played a part in it.”
Norman Powell scored 23 points, Robert Covington had 10 and Jusuf Nurkic pulled down 11 rebounds for Portland, which will have six games remaining – including four at home – once the road trip ends after stops in Atlanta and Cleveland.