Ray Allen was just 2-for-13 before he hit a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left in overtime to give the Boston Celtics a 98-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night in Boston.
Portland’s Rudy Fernandez had a pair of 3-point attempts in the final 10 seconds, but both missed.
Boston’s Kevin Garnett returned after missing 10 games with a hyperextended right knee and scored 13 points. Paul Pierce scored 24 for the Celtics before fouling out with 1.1 seconds left in regulation.
Andre Miller scored 28 for Portland, with eight assists and eight rebounds, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Martell Webster scored 19 points, and Juwan Howard had 12 rebounds for the Blazers.
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Already without centers Joel Przybilla and Greg Oden, who had season-ending knee injuries, the team sent star guard Brandon Roy to Seattle for treatment after he injured his right hamstring; he will miss four games.
Then Jerryd Bayless, who started in place of Roy on Friday, left in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle and did not return.
Roy, a former Washington Husky, was originally hurt Jan. 13. He will be reevaluated Thursday. 1 IVERSON DEFENDS SELECTION Allen Iverson makes no apologies for being voted to start in the All-Star game, and doesn’t care about critics who say he doesn’t deserve to be there. He was voted an Eastern Conference starter even though he’s played only 20 games. Iverson said fans have the right to vote any player into the game and said fans love him because he’s never pretended to be perfect.
2 SCORING FOR HAITI Pau Gasol, Joe Johnson and Antawn Jamison were among 10 players donating $1,000 for every point they scored Friday to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Gasol scored 20 points for the Lakers, and Johnson had 19 for the Hawks, but Jamison scored just eight for the Wizards.
3 CAVS HURTING AT GUARD The Cleveland Cavaliers learned that point guard Delonte West broke his left ring finger Thursday, when he started against the Lakers in place of the injured Mo Williams.