Ray Allen led the Celtics out of a mini-slump by scoring a season-high 35 points in Boston’s 100-90 victory over the Portland Trailblazers. The Celtics had lost their past two games and three of their last four. Allen, who had been relatively quiet during that stretch, scored 26 in the second half and was 12-for-20 from the floor, reports the Associated Press. Elsewhere in the NBA:
- Jamal Crawford hit a tie-breaking three-pointer with less than a minute left, giving the Knicks a 111-105 victory over the Nets. The woeful Knicks are now 3-0 against their neighboring rival.
- Charlotte overcame a 19-point second half deficit to stun Orlando. The comeback was led by Gerald Wallace who scored 36 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.