BOSTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Jeff Green produced a season-best 19 points off the bench Friday in sending Boston to a strong first half en route to a 97-78 decision over Portland.
The Celtics played the first of two games without point guard Rajon Rondo, who was suspended for his role in a shoving match on Wednesday with Brooklyn's Kris Humphries.
Boston took advantage of Portland's cold shooting to run up a 23-point lead at halftime and went on to hand the Trail Blazers their fourth straight loss.
Portland hit only 34 percent of its shots from the field and was 3-of-15 from beyond the 3-point arc. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Trail Blazers with 23 points.