Boston, MA (Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics did just fine in their first game without Rajon Rondo, with Jeff Green scoring a season-best 19 points off the bench to lead the way in a 96-78 rout of the cold-shooting Portland Trail Blazers at TD Garden.
Jason Terry added 17 points as Boston easily overcame the absence of its All- Star point guard, who was serving the first of a two-game suspension for fighting with Brooklyn's Kris Humphries in Wednesday's 95-83 home loss to the Nets.
Paul Pierce amassed 12 points and eight rebounds to help the Celtics to their third victory in four games and sixth consecutive triumph over Portland.
LaMarcus Aldridge was the lone bright spot in an otherwise brutal offensive display for the Trail Blazers. Portland shot just 34.8 percent overall and went 3-of-15 from 3-point range, while committing 23 turnovers as well to fall to 0-4 on its current 7-game road trip.
Aldridge paced all players with 23 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
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