----- Maurice Harkless plays his best game of the season finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers improve their record against the Eastern Conference to 18-4 with a 97-92 win over the Celtics Wednesday night at TD Garden in Boston, MA.
Maurice Harkless picked a perfect time to play his best game of the season. Harkless recorded his first double-double since 2016-2017 finishing with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals as the Portland Trail Blazers a season-high fifth-straight game by defeating the Boston Celtics 97-92 Wednesday night at TD Garden in Boston, MA. Harkless was all over the place impacting the game on both ends with great hustle, defense, rebounding, and shot-making.
Leading by just a point at halftime, Portland opened the second half on a 12-4 run and opened their lead to double digits going into the fourth after outscoring the Celtics 31-22 in the third. Boston made a run in the fourth, but Portland was able to hold on for the win with some timely defense and play-making from Damian Lillard.
Lillard scored a game-high 33 points 13-for-28 shooting with 21 coming in the second half. Lillard did a great job of challenging defenders by attacking the rim. He was the best player on the floor Wednesday night.
Jusuf Nurkic made an impact on both ends of the floor finishing with 16 points, six rebounds, three assists, and two blocked shots. Enes Kanter led the way off the bench with eight points and seven rebounds.
It was a cold shooting night for the Blazers connecting on just six of their 33 shots from three-point range (18.2%) as both teams combined to make just 11-for-61 from downtown. The Blazers shot 42.2% from the field.
Portland (38-23) is now a season-high 15-games over .500 and have an NBA-best 18-4 mark against the Eastern Conference.
Notes- Enes Kanter will not travel with the team to Toronto for Friday's game against the Raptors due to immigration issues.
Up Next- The Trail Blazers travel to Toronto to meet the Raptors on Friday. The game is scheduled to tip off at 5:00 PM.
Chad's Take- The Blazers now in a position to challenge OKC for the third seed in the West.