Steve Blake had 21 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 and the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers beat the visiting Boston Celtics, 91-86, last night, sending the NBA champions to their third loss in four games.
Playing without All-Star guard Brandon Roy, the Blazers snapped a seven-game losing streak against Boston and pulled into a tie atop the Northwest Division with Denver.
Paul Pierce scored 28 points, making 14 of 15 foul shots, and Kevin Garnett had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics (28-5), who have lost just four of 15 games on the road.
In other games:
* At Miami, Dwyane Wade had 21 points and 12 assists, Mario Chalmers added 21 points and eight assists, and the Heat dropped LeBron James' pro record on birthdays to 0-3 with a 104-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. James, who turned 24, scored 38 points and Delonte West added 20 for the Cavs.
* At Indianapolis, Joe Johnson scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter as the streaking Atlanta Hawks beat the Indiana Pacers, 110-104. Danny Granger had 25 points for the Pacers.
* At Charlotte, Wilson Chandler scored seven of his 19 points in the final 4 minutes, and the New York Knicks beat the Bobcats, 93-89, to snap a six-game losing streak. Gerald Wallace scored 21 points and Boris Diaw had 20 for Charlotte.
* At New Orleans, Chris Paul had 15 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds for his third triple-double of the season, and the Hornets beat the Washington Wizards, 97-85. Rasual Butler scored 21 points for New Orleans.
* At Memphis, Leandro Barbosa scored 28 points and Shaquille O'Neal added 24 to move into eighth place on the NBA scoring list as the Phoenix Suns defeated the Grizzlies, 101-89. O'Neal, who now has 26,711 points, took over the No. 8 spot from Oscar Robertson.
* At San Antonio, Michael Redd had 25 points, Luke Ridnour 24 and Andrew Bogut 20 in the Milwaukee Bucks' 100-98 victory over the Spurs.
* At Dallas, Jason Terry scored 24 of his 29 points in the second half, and the Mavericks rallied from a 29-point deficit to beat the Timberwolves 107-100. Minnesota led 70-41 early in the third quarter when the Mavs started their comeback, the largest in franchise history.
* At Sacramento, Kevin Martin scored 20 points and Brad Miller (15 points, 13 rebounds) made two free throws with 45 seconds left to lead the Kings over the Los Angeles Clippers, 92-90.
* New Jersey declined to match Oklahoma City's offer sheet to former first-round pick Nenad Krstic, giving the Thunder another 7-footer in their search for a reliable center. The 24th overall pick in 2002, Krstic was playing in Russia when the Thunder extended an offer sheet to him last week. The Nets had a week to match it, since Krstic was a restricted free agent.
* Utah forward Carlos Boozer will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, but doctors said it likely wouldn't occur until Jan. 9. *