Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics had a game Friday night that they would surely soon like to forget after falling 109-105 to the Portland Trail Blazers at home. To add some context, Portland was without superstar guard Damian Lillard, the Trail Blazers have a lowly 18-26 record, and also own the third-worst defense in the league. 

But the Celtics didn't take advantage of that, and at one point fell as far behind as 15 points to Portland early in the second quarter. However the most egregious stretch of the game came in the fourth quarter, when the Celtics failed to make a field goal in the final seven minutes of the game to allow Portland to come back and win. The last field goal Boston made came with 7:19 remaining in the fourth quarter, as Payton Pritchard nailed a 3-pointer off an Al Horford assist to increase the C's lead to a nine points. 

From that point on, Portland went on an 11-0 run to tie the game at 100 apiece with a minute and a half remaining. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum combined to make five free throws over the remainder of the game, but a dagger 3-pointer by Robert Covington, and a second-chance hook shot from Jusuf Nurkic ended up being the difference makers.

Boston's scoring drought was just the third time in the last 25 seasons that the Celtics failed to make a field goal over the last seven minutes of the game. The last time that happened was in 2010 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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