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Feb 27, 2019; Boston, MA: Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless drives to the basket against the Boston Celtics in the first half at TD Garden. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

Feb 27, 2019; Boston, MA: Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless drives to the basket against the Boston Celtics in the first half at TD Garden. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

From the NBA Newswire at 985TheSportsHub.com

The Celtics have gone on a downward spiral since emerging from the All-Star break. Their woes traveled from a three-game road trip to home on Wednesday night, as they lost 97-92 to the Portland Trail Blazers at TD Garde. It’s their fourth straight loss and sixth in their last eight.

Boston did little to slow down Portland point guard Damian Lillard, who led all scorers with 33 points and added 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. The Blazers won despite needing 84 of their 97 points to come from their starting five.

Kyrie Irving was far and away the most productive Celtic on the floor on Wednesday, scoring 31 points on 14-for-24 (58.3 percent) shooting from the field. The other four starters combined for 48 points on 20-for-45 shooting. In the end, Portland’s starters were just a little better at the offensive end of the floor.

While Wednesday wasn’t as ugly as Tuesday’s 118-95 loss to the Raptors, the Celtics’ deficit grew as high as 12 when the Blazers led 72-60 with 1:53 left in the third quarter. The C’s narrowly avoided their lowest scoring output of the season with a late surge in the fourth quarter.

Up Next: The Celtics get a night off before playing their third game in four nights on Friday night, when they kick off March with a home tilt against the Washington Wizards.

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