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Blazers Survive OT Thriller in Beantown: Post-Game Roundup

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The Trail Blazers snapped a 4-game losing streak with an impressive, hard-fought victory over the Boston Celtics.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Boston Celtics Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers put a positive ending to an otherwise nightmarish East Coast road trip on Saturday afternoon in Boston. On the second game of a back-to-back, following a heart-wrenching loss to the surging Philadelphia 76ers, expectations outside of the Trail Blazer locker room were not very high going into the contest against a quality Boston Celtics team. However, Portland responded with a gut-check, overtime victory in which they simply refused to give up.

In a difficult season, this was most certainly an unexpected bright spot. Despite battling foul trouble the entire game, the Trail Blazers were able to snatch a 127-123 victory from the jaws of defeat on the road against the third best team in the Eastern Conference. Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas led all scorers with 41 points, and CJ McCollum led the Trail Blazers with 35.

Meyers Leonard provided a spark off the bench, scoring 17 points and adding some first half fireworks:

Portland’s new, experimental starting lineup has drawn both praise and positive results:

The victory encapsulated a total team effort:

Damian Lillard was proud of the team’s performance after the game:

video via CSN NW

Overall, it was a great day to be a Blazer:

The Trail Blazers (19-27) now have three days off before hosting the Los Angeles Lakers (16-31) Wednesday night at the Moda Center. The team will honor the 1977 NBA Champion team at halftime of the game, with members of that immortal squad in attendance. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.