|Wrap Up: Celtics vs. Trail Blazers||12.05.08 at 9:55 pm ET|
Greg Oden scored 5 points in his Boston debut en route to a 93-78 Celtics victory over the Trail Blazers. Oden’s only two field goals came in the first seven minutes of the game. He hit a single free throw late in the fourth quarter.
“They’re the World Champions, and we wanted to see where we are at right now,” Oden said. “We can tell that we’re not there. Everybody will see that we lost by 15, but we were down by 20 the whole entire fourth quarter. That’s just not where we’re at yet. Those guys are still the World Champions, and we’re still working and getting better each day.”
The Celtics led a balanced attack, with Ray Alen scoring a game-high 19 points. The starting five combined for 76 points and Leon Powe added 14 off the bench. They were more proud of holding the Trail Blazers to 78 points than scoring 93.
“Our strength right now is the defense,” Kevin Garnett said. “We’ve embraced it and that’s what we hang our hat on every night. We know that in order for us to be the team that we want to be we have to play that. I think for the most part we’ve been consistent with it. It’s definitely our foundation right now.”
The Celtics will take on the Indiana Pacers on Sunday in Indy. Friday’s win (19-2) ties them with the best record through 21 games. Paul Pierce is seven points away from surpassing Kevin McHale as the Celtics fourth all-time leading scorer.