Celts cruise without Rondo, top Blazers 96-78

Celts cruise without Rondo, top Blazers 96-78
November 30, 2012, 10:04 pm
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Portland Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge (12) looks to move against Boston Celtics' Jason Collins (98) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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BOSTON (AP) Jeff Green scored 19 points, Jason Terry added 17 and the Boston Celtics cruised to a comfortable win without Rajon Rondo, topping the Portland Trail Blazers 96-78 on Friday night.

Rondo served the first game of his two-game suspension for his role in a scuffle Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets. Courtney Lee started in his place and finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

The Celtics never trailed. They carried a 56-33 advantage into the break and took their biggest lead on a 22-foot jumper by Kevin Garnett that made it 65-38 with 8:26 left in the third quarter.

The Trail Blazers lost their fourth straight game and had just two scorers in double figures - LaMarcus Aldridge with 23 points and J.J. Hickson with 11.