So, here was the situation. The Celtics had somehow managed to turn a 16-point lead into a one-point advantage with just 28 seconds left after not scoring a point for almost five minutes.



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The Celtics have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 14-4 following their win over the Trail Blazers Wednesday night at TD Garden. But that great record is coming with a price - nagging injuries. 

 

Paul Pierce scored a game-high 28 points, drilling 9-of-11 shots from the floor, including all four from 3-point range, while Glen Davis was 7-of-9 and finished with 16 off the bench as the Celtics barely won their fifth straight, 99-95, over the Portland Trail Blazers at TD Garden. The Celtics led, 96-80, with 5:22 left on a Kevin Garnett turnaround. The Blazers went on a 15-0 run, only to fall short as Ray Allen drilled a 3-pointer from the left baseline to seal the win with 10.7 seconds left. 

 

The updates on injured center Jermaine O'Neal have been sporadic since he suffered a knee injury, but Doc Rivers said before Wednesday's game that O'Neal may start working out next week. "I talked to Jermaine today on the phone and he was hoping to work out next week," Rivers said. "That’s the first time I’ve heard that, so that’s a good sign." 

 

Doc Rivers was selected by the NBA as the league's Eastern Conference Coach of the Month. San Antonio's Gregg Popovich received the top honors in the Western Conference.

 

Rivers led the Celtics to a 13-4 mark through November, tied with Orlando for the best record in the conference. The Celtics also recorded two wins over the Miami Heat in much-hyped showdowns and beat Oklahoma City on the road. The Celtics are 7-1 at TD Garden and 7-0 against the rest of the Eastern Conference.

 

Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 23 points while also dishing out 11 assists to lead the Celtics to a convincing 106-87 victory in Cleveland over the Cavaliers. Five other Celtics also reached double digits, as Boston shot 50.6 percent from the field while holding the Cavs to a meager 39.0 percent.

 

Delonte West underwent surgery to repair a displaced right wrist fracture Tuesday morning at New England Baptist Hospital, the team announced. The surgery was performed by Dr. Drew Terrono and Dr. Hervey Kimball and assisted by Celtics Team Physician Dr. Brian McKeon and was deemed successful by the team.

 

Former Celtic Antoine Walker plans to sign with the D-League in an attempt at a comeback. Walker made it be known that he wanted to attempt a comeback last summer, but he saw little interest from the NBA. Walker hasn't played in the NBA since the 2008 season when he appeared in 47 games for the Timberwolves. He did have a meaningful role on the Heat when they won the NBA title in 2006.

 

WALTHAM -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers announced that guard Delonte West will have surgery on Tuesday for the fractured right wrist he suffered last Wednesday night late in the second quarter against New Jersey after driving in for a lay-up. Rivers said the team will know more about West and his fate for the rest of the season following the procedure.

 

"Surgery [Tuesday] and then we'll know more after that," Rivers said after practice on Monday. 

 

WALTHAM -- Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal missed practice on Monday when he forgot when practice began, according to coach Doc Rivers. The absence comes after the 12-4 Celtics were given Saturday and Sunday off by the coach to enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend. The Celtics confirmed he did make the team's flight to Cleveland for Tuesday night's game against the Cavaliers.