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In brief: Trail Blazers hand Celtics their 8th straight loss

LaMarcus Aldridge, right, scored 21 points to lead the Trail Blazers’ win over Boston on Saturday. (Associated Press)
LaMarcus Aldridge, right, scored 21 points to lead the Trail Blazers’ win over Boston on Saturday. (Associated Press)
From Staff And Wire Reports

NBA: LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 13 rebounds Saturday night as the host Portland Trail Blazers handed the Boston Celtics their eighth straight loss, 112-104.

The Trail Blazers (28-9) rallied from a 10-point second-quarter deficit. Wesley Matthews scored 18 points and Nicolas Batum had 16. Damian Lillard and Robin Lopez each had 15 points. Lopez also had 13 rebounds.

The win kept Portland tied for first place with Oklahoma City in the Northwest Division.

Avery Bradley led Boston (13-25) with 25 points. The Celtics have lost 11 of 12.

Smith shoots Pistons over Suns: Josh Smith’s driving, left-handed bank shot with 1.2 seconds left gave the Detroit Pistons a 110-108 win over the Phoenix Suns at Auburn Hills, Mich.

Rockets win after delays: There was a pair of rain delays caused by a leaky roof, a curious happening followed by another strange turn of events: The Houston Rockets built a 25-point lead, lost all of it and then some, then rallied from five down late in the fourth quarter for a 114-107 win over the host Washington Wizards.

Durant, Thunder storm Bucks: Kevin Durant scored 33 points and Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped a two-game skid by defeating the visiting Milwaukee Bucks 101-85.

Nuggets top Magic: Kenneth Faried had 17 points and nine rebounds, Randy Foye and Evan Fournier scored 18 points apiece, and the host Denver Nuggets beat the Orlando Magic 120-94.

Raptors cool Nets: DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Patrick Patterson had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors beat visiting Brooklyn 96-80, snapping the Nets’ five-game winning streak.

Nowitzki, Mavs drop Pelicans, again: Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 40 points, and the Dallas Mavericks recovered from a cold start to beat visiting New Orleans 110-107 for their second win in as many days against the Pelicans.

Balanced Bulls beat Bobcats: D.J. Augustin had 20 points and 12 assists and Joakim Noah added 19 points and 14 rebounds, helping the streaking Chicago Bulls beat the visiting Charlotte Bobcats 103-97.

Knicks win 4th in a row: Amare Stoudemire scored 21 points and Carmelo Anthony added 18 to lead New York to a 102-92 win over the host Philadelphia 76ers and the Knicks’ fourth-straight win.

Rask, Bruins blank Sharks

NHL: Carl Soderberg scored the lone goal with 7:35 remaining, Tuukka Rask bounced back from a rough stretch to post his NHL-leading fifth shutout of the season, and the visiting Boston Bruins beat the San Jose Sharks 1-0.

Soderberg broke the tie at the end of a broken play when Loui Eriksson’s shot was blocked by Scott Hannan. Soderberg got the loose puck and knocked it past Antti Niemi for his sixth goal to salvage the finale of Boston’s three-game California swing.

With the win, Atlantic-leading Boston finished a sweep of the season series with San Jose and handed the Sharks just their second home loss in regulation all season.

Canadiens edge Blackhawks in OT: Andrei Markov scored two goals, including one at 1:28 of overtime, to lead the host Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Lightning beat Flyers: Valtteri Filppula scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the host Flyers 6-3 to snap Philadelphia’s 10-game home win streak.

Lindholm leads Ducks: Hampus Lindholm scored two goals, and the Pacific-leading Anaheim Ducks won for the 16th time in 17 games with a 5-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Glendale, Ariz.

Penguins slip past Flames: Chris Kunitz and Matt Niskanen scored, Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins earned a 2-1 victory over the Flames, handing Calgary a team-record sixth consecutive regulation loss on home ice.

Rookie raises Red Wings over Kings: Riley Sheahan scored his first NHL goal and assisted on Tomas Tatar’s tiebreaking goal with 7:54 to play in the Detroit Red Wings’ 3-1 victory over the host Los Angeles Kings.

Avalanche tame Wild: Ryan O’Reilly scored twice, including the game-winner with 7:16 to play, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 at St. Paul, Minn.

Jets’ slide continues: Boone Jenner and Mark Letestu each scored twice to lift the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets to a 6-3 victory and extended the Winnipeg Jets’ losing streak to a season-high five games.

Senators outlast Predators in SO: Mika Zibanejad and Jason Spezza scored in the shootout to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 victory over the host Nashville Predators.

Zidlicky’s OT goal lifts Devils: Marek Zidlicky scored with 2.1 seconds left in overtime to lift the New Jersey Devils to a stirring 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers at Newark, N.J.

Kirk grabs lead at Sony Open

Miscellany: A birdie on the final hole gave Chris Kirk a 5-under-par 65 and the outright lead in the Sony Open, and that’s about it.

Cloudy conditions and only a gentle, Pacific breeze meant just about everyone was in the mix at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. A dozen players are separated by three shots going into today’s final round.

Neureuther wins; Ligety skis out: Defending champion Ted Ligety and Bode Miller skied out of their runs on the bumpy course of the World Cup giant slalom race won by Felix Neureuther of Germany in Adelboden, Switzerland.

Ligety, third after the first run, was poised to take the lead but skied out after hitting a bumpy patch midway down the second run. Miller skied out during the first run.

• Goergl leads Austrian sweep: Elisabeth Goergl beat Anna Fenninger by 0.56 seconds for an Austrian 1-2 finish at a women’s World Cup downhill in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria.

Villopoto wins Supercross race: Three-time defending series champion Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., won the AMA Supercross race at Chase Field in Phoenix, holding off Justin Brayton in the 450 Class.

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