On a night when the world was watching who would be taking home some shiny new hardware in Hollywood, the Boston Celtics were playing a little basketball game in Portland.

But their performance was far from award-winning with Portland holding on for a 92-86 victory to snap their seven-game losing streak.

All five Portland starters were in double figures, led by Wesley Matthews' game-high 24 points. For the Celtics, Pierce led the C's with 23 points along with eight assists and seven rebounds.

Sunday's loss guarantees that the Celtics (29-27) will return home having racked up more losses than victories during their West coast excursion.

In addition, it serves as yet another game in which the Green Team walked off the floor feeling as though they let one get away.

Boston spent most of the fourth quarter trailing, but seemed a five-to seven-point spurt away from taking over. That run never came, and it wasn't totally because of Portland's defense, either.

With a chance to either tie the game or take the lead, Jason Terry threw a pass from one side of the court to another which was stolen and ultimately led to a Portland lay-up.

Trailing 75-73, the C's defense forced Portland's Nicolas Batum into a last-second shot attempt from well beyond the 3-point line. The shot was off the mark, but Batum was fouled on the play by Terrence Williams. Batum made two of the three free throws to put Portland back on top by four points.

Boston had another shot at making it a one possession game, only to see Paul Pierce's shot in the lane roll in and out. Another Celtics' defensive stop was followed by another Celtics' miss.

It was that kind of game for Boston.

But when it seemed the Celtics were on the verge of being put away for good, they started to make a mini-comeback.

A jumper by Brandon Bass followed by an alley-oop dunk by Kevin Garnett brought the C's within four points again. The Celtics eventually tied the game at 86 following a driving lay-up by Kevin Garnett with less than two minutes to play.