Rapid Reaction: Celtics 96, Blazers 78

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Celtics guard Jason Terry drives to the basket against the Trail Blazers.BOSTON -- Rapid Reaction after the Boston Celtics defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 96-78 on Friday night at TD Garden:


Jeff Green scored a team- and season-high 19 points to go along with four steals, three rebounds and two assists over 22:41. Jason Terry added 17 on 7-of-11 shooting, and Courtney Lee was phenomenal in a starting role (10 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals over 37 minutes). Paul Pierce also filled up his stat line (12 points, eight rebounds, five assists) over a manageable 27 minutes, and Kevin Garnett kicked in 10 points over 23 minutes -- the extra rest will help with the second night of a back-to-back looming Saturday in Milwaukee. LaMarcus Aldridge shouldered the load for Portland, registering 23 points and eight rebounds over 33 minutes.


The Celtics were up seven after one quarter, but broke the game open early in the second quarter. A Leandro Barbosa steal led to a clear-path foul, helping Boston score five quick points. Three of those came off a flashy and-one dunk from Green. Backing down Sasha Pavlovic, Green shook his former teammate with a little spin move and delivered a baseline jam through contact to ignite his own second-quarter scoring outburst. Green added a little finger roll and a 14-foot fadeaway soon after as the lead ballooned to 16. Green finished the half with 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting over 13 minutes.


Terry got tagged with a technical foul a mere 1:04 into the game for barking about a personal foul call. It's his second technical of the season. ... Celtics coach Doc Rivers hoped to avoid using Chris Wilcox, who had been battling an illness, but three first-quarter fouls for Jason Collins (serving as the first big off the bench) forced Wilcox into limited action. Wilcox finished with 13:46 of court time and looked no worse for the wear.


The Celtics feasted on a Blazers squad that is defensively indifferent (and got virtually no offensive assistance for Aldridge, particularly from an overmatched bench). The Celtics didn't miss Rajon Rondo (serving the first night of a two-game suspension) thanks to some gritty defense. The Celtics led by as much as 27, rookie recall Kris Joseph got some late playing time, and Garnett shared a Gino moment with Terry while breezing to a lopsided win. The Celtics will trek to Milwaukee for Saturday's game with the Bucks, but three days of rest await after that.