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Celtics rally to take opener, but Cavs not panicking


By Sam Amico, for NBA.com
Posted Wednesday October 28, 2009 12:07AM

CLEVELAND (NBA.com exclusive) -- There are still 81 games to go, but for starters, this one was pretty good.

The verdict: Boston 95, Cleveland 89 in front of a sellout crowd of 20,562 Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena. And it was exactly the type of opening night you would expect from two teams loaded with stars.

It was the Cavaliers' LeBron James soaring through the air to swat shots from behind.

It was Shaquille O'Neal making his Cleveland debut, the energetic home crowd going bananas every time he touched the ball.

It was Paul Pierce pulling up for one of his patented mid-range jumpers in the fourth quarter, rescuing the Celtics from what appeared to be a late Cavs run.

It was Kevin Garnett returning to the Celtics' lineup, wearing the wide smile of a man who was just happy to be back on the floor, ready to make another run at another championship.

Prior to tip-off, Pierce called it a "measurement game," an early gauge of where two reshaped title contenders stand.

And at first, it looked as if the Celtics were more likely to take a seat and watch. The Cavs bolted to a lead of 13-2. They built it to 17-4. They made the Celtics look old, slow, overmatched, unprepared.

Then suddenly, everything shifted. The Celtics did what they have always done, what led them to the championship in 2008 -- they bent their knees and shuffled their feet on defense, and hit the open man and cut to the basket on offense. Mostly, they stayed calm when it seemed as if all had been lost.

"We tried to handle their intensity early," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "We knew they were gonna come out jacked up."

Interestingly, it wasn't until the Celtics' reserves entered the game late in the first quarter that things began to change. That's when Rivers inserted veteran newcomers such as Rasheed Wallace and Marquis Daniels, who led the way with energy, hustle and a couple of big baskets.

A 28-21 first-quarter deficit turned into a 51-45 halftime lead, and it practically happened in the blink of an eye.

"Our second unit saved the game," Rivers said.

The first unit did the rest -- with old standbys Pierce (23 points, 11 rebounds), Garnett (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Ray Allen (16 points) proving that the Big Three is alive and well, thank you very much.

Meanwhile, the Cavs were far from panicked afterwards, understanding that the dynamic duo of LeBron (38 points, eight assists) and Shaq (10 points, 10 boards) will need some time to gel. Especially when you consider the Cavs are still figuring out a rotation that also includes new faces and expected key contributors such as swingman Anthony Parker and forward Jamario Moon.

As Celtics guard Rajon Rondo said, "You've got to understand that our core is basically the same. We've been playing together for three and a half years now. It's gonna take them some time."

As O'Neal added, "We just have to keep at it. You can't win a championship in the first game."

Or as Rivers simply put it, "They're gonna be great."

After the game, Rivers quickly addressed his team, then watched on TNT as the Los Angeles Lakers received their championship rings. It may have only been the first game, but Rivers and the Celtics suddenly remembered how that felt.

"I like what happened tonight because everyone contributed," Rivers said. "It's one of 82, but it's a big one."

For James and the Cavs, there's plenty of time to get things right.

"We'll be around," he said.

And you had better believe it.

Celtics
Cavaliers
     
    • 44.4%

    • 41.4%

    • 47.4%

    • 35.3%

    • 84.6%

    • 78.1%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
BOS CLE
Total Rebounds 12 10
Offensive Rebounds 6 6
Turnovers 14 13
Fast Break Pts: 15 11
Biggest Lead: 15 14
Points in the Paint: 26 32
BOS CLE
p Pierce   23 James   38
rb Pierce   11 O'Neal   10
a Rondo   10 James   8
s 2 players   3 2 players   2
b Garnett   3 James   4
BOS CLE
p Pierce   23 James   38
rb Pierce   11 O'Neal   10
a Rondo   10 James   8
s 2 players   3 2 players   2
b Garnett   3 James   4
 
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Boston Celtics (50-32)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
P. Pierce F 37:59 6-13 2-5 9-10 +1 1 10 11 1 5 1 2 1 2 23
K. Garnett F 33:05 5-10 0-0 3-4 -4 3 7 10 1 3 1 1 3 1 13
K. Perkins C 25:42 4-7 0-0 1-1 -2 0 1 1 1 3 0 3 1 0 9
R. Allen G 42:21 5-16 2-4 4-5 +4 0 2 2 3 2 3 3 0 3 16
R. Rondo G 34:29 4-8 0-0 0-0 -3 2 4 6 10 4 3 2 0 1 8
R. Wallace   23:50 4-9 3-6 1-2 +10 0 3 3 0 5 0 0 2 0 12
M. Daniels   17:33 3-5 1-1 0-0 +11 0 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 1 7
S. Williams   12:30 0-1 0-0 4-4 +7 0 3 3 0 3 0 1 0 1 4
E. House   12:30 1-3 1-3 0-0 +6 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 3
J. Giddens DNP - Coach's Decision
L. Hudson DNP - Coach's Decision
B. Scalabrine NWT- Right Ankle Sprain
Total   240 32-72 9-19 22-26   6 32 38 20 27 9 14 8 9 95
  44.4% 47.4% 84.6%   team rebs: 12 total to: 16
Cleveland Cavaliers (61-21)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
L. James F 44:55 12-22 4-9 10-13 0 0 4 4 8 4 2 5 4 1 38
A. Varejao F-C 32:50 3-9 0-0 3-4 -6 5 2 7 1 5 2 0 1 4 9
S. O'Neal C 28:48 5-11 0-0 0-2 +2 0 10 10 1 2 0 1 1 1 10
A. Parker G 40:10 3-9 2-3 2-2 +3 0 3 3 4 0 1 3 2 0 10
M. Williams G 35:02 3-8 0-3 6-6 -10 0 0 0 3 4 1 2 0 1 12
Z. Ilgauskas   24:39 1-4 0-0 4-4 -2 1 4 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 6
D. Gibson   13:42 1-3 0-1 0-1 -4 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 2
J. Hickson   06:13 0-1 0-0 0-0 -4 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0
J. Moon   13:40 1-3 0-1 0-0 -9 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 2
D. Jackson DNP - Coach's Decision
C. Karl DNP - Coach's Decision
J. Williams DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 29-70 6-17 25-32   6 26 32 17 22 7 13 9 8 89
  41.4% 35.3% 78.1%   team rebs: 10 total to: 14

inactive

  • Celtics: Allen, Davis, Walker
  • Cavaliers: Green, Powe, West

technical fouls

  • Celtics: Garnett
  • Cavaliers: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 5
  • Times Tied: 4

arena stats

  • Arena: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
  • Officials: #29 Steve Javie, #25 Tony Brothers, #63 Derek Richardson
  • Attendance: 20562
  • Duration: 2:44
Boston Celtics (25-8) Cleveland Cavaliers (27-10)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball O'Neal vs Perkins (Varejao gains possession)
  11:31
[CLE 2-0]
Varejao Step Back Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: O'Neal (1 AST) 
Allen Jump Shot: Missed  11:12  
  11:10 O'Neal Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:03
[CLE 4-0]
James Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Garnett Running Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS)  10:46
[BOS 2-4]
 
  10:26
[CLE 6-2]
Varejao Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Williams (1 AST) 
Allen Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Parker (1 ST)  10:13  
  10:06
[CLE 8-2]
James Alley Oop Layup shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Parker (1 AST) 
Allen Jump Shot: Missed Block: O'Neal (1 BLK)  09:45  
  09:44 Team Rebound 
  09:36 Varejao Jump Shot: Missed Block: Pierce (1 BLK) 
  09:34 Varejao Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  09:27
[CLE 10-2]
Williams Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Parker (2 AST) 
  09:14 Varejao Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Garnett Jump Shot: Missed Block: James (1 BLK)  09:06  
  09:04 O'Neal Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:54
[CLE 13-2]
Parker 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: James (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  08:49  
Pierce Step Back Jump shot: Missed Block: James (2 BLK)  08:35  
  08:32 O'Neal Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  08:15 Varejao Layup Shot: Missed Block: Garnett (1 BLK) 
  08:11 Varejao Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  08:09 Varejao Layup Shot: Missed Block: Garnett (2 BLK) 
Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:07  
Pierce Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rondo (1 AST)  08:05
[BOS 4-13]
 
  07:38
[CLE 15-4]
O'Neal Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Williams (2 AST) 
Rondo Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Williams (1 ST)  07:28  
Allen Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  07:24  
  07:24
[CLE 16-4]
Parker Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS) 
  07:24
[CLE 17-4]
Parker Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  07:13 O'Neal Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  07:13
[BOS 5-17]
 
Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  07:13  
  07:12 O'Neal Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  07:03
[CLE 19-5]
O'Neal Jump Hook Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: James (2 AST) 
Garnett Jump Shot: Missed  06:46  
  06:45 Varejao Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  06:42 Rondo Violation:Kicked Ball 
  06:28 James 3pt Shot: Missed 
Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:27  
Rondo Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  06:15
[BOS 7-19]
 
  05:48
[CLE 21-7]
O'Neal Turnaround Bank shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Parker (3 AST) 
Rondo Running Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  05:30
[BOS 9-21]
 
  05:22 Williams Jump Shot: Missed 
Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:21  
Pierce 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Rondo (2 AST)  05:16
[BOS 12-21]
 
  04:54 O'Neal Substitution replaced by Ilgauskas 
Perkins Substitution replaced by Wallace  04:54  
  04:54 Williams Substitution replaced by Gibson 
  04:47
[CLE 24-12]
James 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Garnett Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Rondo (3 AST)  04:32
[BOS 14-24]
 
  04:21
[CLE 26-14]
James Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Varejao (1 AST) 
Rondo Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  04:08  
Allen Substitution replaced by Daniels  04:08  
  04:08 Varejao Substitution replaced by Hickson 
  03:59 Ilgauskas Jump Shot: Missed 
Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:58  
Wallace Jump Shot: Missed  03:49  
Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  03:48  
Wallace 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Rondo (4 AST)  03:37
[BOS 17-26]
 
  03:17 Hickson Layup Shot: Missed Block: Wallace (1 BLK) 
  03:17 Jump Ball Hickson vs Wallace (Parker gains possession) 
  03:17 Team Rebound 
  03:14 Parker Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Rondo (1 ST) 
Rondo Layup Shot: Missed Block: James (3 BLK)  03:12  
  03:10 Team Rebound 
  02:45
[CLE 28-17]
Gibson Running Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Pierce Foul : Offensive (1 PF)  02:32  
Pierce Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  02:32  
  02:32 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:32 Parker Substitution replaced by Moon 
Garnett Substitution replaced by Williams  02:32  
  02:08 James Jump Shot: Missed 
Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:06  
Pierce Layup Shot: Missed Block: Moon (1 BLK)  02:00  
  01:56 Moon Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:42 Moon 3pt Shot: Missed 
Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:41  
Daniels Running Bank shot: Made (2 PTS)  01:19
[BOS 19-28]
 
Rondo Foul : Personal (1 PF)  01:05  
Rondo Substitution replaced by House  01:05  
  00:50.9 Gibson Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  00:50.4  
  00:49.8 Hickson Foul : Loose Ball (1 PF) 
Pierce Jump Shot: Missed  00:38.9  
  00:37.9 Gibson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:21.9 James Layup Shot: Missed 
Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:20.6  
House 3pt Shot: Missed  00:15.9  
Team Rebound  00:14.4  
  00:14.2 Ilgauskas Foul : Loose Ball (1 PF) 
Williams Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  00:14.2
[BOS 20-28]
 
House Substitution replaced by Rondo  00:14.2  
  00:14.2 Moon Substitution replaced by Williams 
  00:14.2 Hickson Substitution replaced by O'Neal 
Williams Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  00:14.2
[BOS 21-28]
 
  00:00.9 James Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Daniels (1 ST) 
End of 1st Quarter
Boston Celtics (25-8) Cleveland Cavaliers (27-10)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
Daniels Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  11:42  
Williams Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  11:32  
  11:32
[CLE 29-21]
Williams Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  11:32
[CLE 30-21]
Williams Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
House 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Daniels (1 AST)  11:09
[BOS 24-30]
 
  10:53 Williams 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  10:52  
Allen Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  10:37
[BOS 26-30]
 
  10:20 Ilgauskas Jump Shot: Missed 
House Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:19  
  10:03 Williams Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Williams Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  10:03
[BOS 27-30]
 
Williams Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  10:03
[BOS 28-30]
 
  09:42 Moon Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Allen (1 ST) 
Allen Step Back Jump shot: Missed  09:18  
  09:17 Varejao Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  09:11 Moon Jump Shot: Missed 
Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  09:09  
  08:55 Williams Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Timeout : Official  08:55  
  08:55 Gibson Substitution replaced by Parker 
  08:55 Moon Substitution replaced by James 
Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  08:55  
Team Rebound  08:55  
Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS)  08:55
[BOS 29-30]
 
Wallace Foul : Personal (1 PF)  08:39  
  08:31 Williams Jump Shot: Missed Block: House (1 BLK) 
Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  08:28  
Daniels Layup Shot: Missed Block: Parker (1 BLK)  08:26  
  08:24 James Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Williams Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  08:10  
  08:10
[CLE 31-29]
Varejao Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  08:10
[CLE 32-29]
Varejao Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Wallace 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Allen (1 AST)  07:49
[BOS 32-32]
 
  07:25
[CLE 34-32]
Varejao Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Williams (3 AST) 
Daniels Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Allen (2 AST)  06:59
[BOS 34-34]
 
Wallace Foul : Personal (2 PF)  06:45  
  06:45 Williams Substitution replaced by Gibson 
  06:45 Ilgauskas Substitution replaced by O'Neal 
  06:34 Parker Jump Shot: Missed 
Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:33  
Jump Ball Varejao vs Williams (House gains possession)  06:26  
Daniels Jump Shot: Missed  06:10  
  06:09 Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Daniels Foul : Personal (1 PF)  06:06  
Williams Substitution replaced by Perkins  06:06  
House Substitution replaced by Pierce  06:06  
  06:06
[CLE 35-34]
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS) 
  06:06
[CLE 36-34]
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS) 
Allen Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS)  05:41
[BOS 36-36]
 
  05:18
[CLE 38-36]
James Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
Pierce 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Perkins (1 AST)  04:55
[BOS 39-38]
 
  04:38 O'Neal Jump Shot: Missed 
Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  04:36  
  04:31 Gibson Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
  04:31 Team Timeout : Regular 
  04:31 Gibson Substitution replaced by Moon 
Wallace Substitution replaced by Garnett  04:31  
Daniels Substitution replaced by Rondo  04:31  
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS)  04:31
[BOS 40-38]
 
Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS)  04:31
[BOS 41-38]
 
  04:15
[CLE 40-41]
Moon Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: James (3 AST) 
Pierce 3pt Shot: Missed  03:56  
  03:55 O'Neal Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  03:29 James 3pt Shot: Missed 
  03:27 Varejao Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 
  03:21
[CLE 42-41]
O'Neal Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: James (4 AST) 
Allen Jump Shot: Missed  03:08  
  03:07 O'Neal Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  02:45 O'Neal Hook Shot: Missed 
Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:41  
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Rondo (5 AST)  02:37
[BOS 44-42]
 
  02:24
[CLE 44-44]
Parker Floating Jump shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: James (5 AST) 
Perkins Foul : Offensive (1 PF)  02:11  
Perkins Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  02:11  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:11  
  02:11 Moon Substitution replaced by Williams 
Pierce Foul : Personal (2 PF)  01:48  
  01:48
[CLE 45-44]
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS) 
  01:48 James Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  01:47  
Perkins Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Garnett (1 AST)  01:30
[BOS 46-45]
 
  01:06 Parker Jump Bank Shot: Missed 
  01:04 Varejao Rebound (Off:4 Def:2) 
  01:04 Varejao Tip Shot: Missed 
Perkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:01  
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Rondo (6 AST)  01:00
[BOS 49-45]
 
  00:44.9 Williams Substitution replaced by Moon 
  00:35.2 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Perkins Jump Shot: Missed  00:21.8  
Pierce Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  00:19.8  
Team Timeout : Short  00:14.7  
  00:14.7 O'Neal Substitution replaced by Gibson 
Perkins Substitution replaced by House  00:14.7  
Instant Replay - Overturn Ruling  00:14.7  
  00:02.8 Moon Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Garnett Technical  00:02.8  
  00:02.8 Gibson Free Throw Technical Missed 
Team Rebound  00:02.8  
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS)  00:02.8
[BOS 50-45]
 
House Substitution replaced by Daniels  00:02.8  
Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS)  00:02.8
[BOS 51-45]
 
  00:00.0 Gibson 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 2nd Quarter
Boston Celtics (25-8) Cleveland Cavaliers (27-10)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
Perkins Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Allen (3 AST)  11:39
[BOS 53-45]
 
  11:15
[CLE 47-53]
James Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Parker (4 AST) 
Perkins Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Rondo (7 AST)  10:56
[BOS 55-47]
 
  10:41 O'Neal Jump Hook Shot: Missed 
Pierce Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  10:40  
  10:26 O'Neal Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Garnett Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  10:26
[BOS 56-47]
 
Garnett Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  10:26
[BOS 57-47]
 
  10:09 Williams Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Pierce (1 ST) 
  10:07 Varejao Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Rondo Reverse Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  09:57
[BOS 59-47]
 
  09:33 James Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  09:32  
  09:32 Varejao Foul : Loose Ball (3 PF) 
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Rondo (8 AST)  09:21
[BOS 61-47]
 
  09:20 Team Timeout : Regular 
  09:04 James Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Allen (2 ST) 
Allen Layup Shot: Missed Block: Varejao (1 BLK)  08:55  
  08:53 O'Neal Rebound (Off:0 Def:7) 
  08:41 O'Neal Jump Hook Shot: Missed 
Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  08:36  
  08:26 O'Neal Foul : Defense 3 Second (2 PF) 
Allen Free Throw Technical (12 PTS)  08:26
[BOS 62-47]
 
  08:20 Williams Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
Pierce 3pt Shot: Missed  08:05  
Team Rebound  08:05  
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  08:05  
  07:44
[CLE 49-62]
O'Neal Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: James (6 AST) 
Allen Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Varejao (1 ST)  07:22  
  07:08 James 3pt Shot: Missed 
  07:06 Varejao Rebound (Off:5 Def:2) 
  07:05 James Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Allen (3 ST) 
Perkins Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Varejao (2 ST)  06:48  
  06:38
[CLE 52-62]
Parker 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: James (7 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:37  
Pierce Foul : Offensive (3 PF)  06:29  
Pierce Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  06:29  
  06:09 Parker Jump Shot: Missed 
Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:08  
  06:05 James Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS)  06:05
[BOS 63-52]
 
Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS)  06:05
[BOS 64-52]
 
  05:50 Parker Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Rondo (2 ST) 
Rondo Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS)  05:44
[BOS 66-52]
 
Allen Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  05:29  
  05:29 O'Neal Substitution replaced by Ilgauskas 
  05:29
[CLE 53-66]
Williams Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  05:29
[CLE 54-66]
Williams Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Allen Jump Shot: Missed  05:16  
Garnett Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  05:15  
Rondo Jump Shot: Missed  04:56  
  04:55 Ilgauskas Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  04:39 Parker 3pt Shot: Missed 
Pierce Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  04:37  
Perkins Foul : Offensive (2 PF)  04:34  
Perkins Turnover : Foul (3 TO)  04:34  
  04:22
[CLE 56-66]
Williams Running Bank shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Garnett Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Rondo (9 AST)  04:05
[BOS 68-56]
 
Rondo Foul : Personal (2 PF)  03:41  
Perkins Substitution replaced by Wallace  03:41  
  03:26 Varejao Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Pierce Rebound (Off:1 Def:7)  03:24  
Allen 3pt Shot: Missed  03:20  
  03:20 Team Rebound 
  03:09
[CLE 58-68]
Williams Running Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Pierce 3pt Shot: Missed  02:52  
Rondo Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  02:51  
Allen Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Rondo (10 AST)  02:43
[BOS 70-58]
 
  02:26 Varejao Layup Shot: Missed Block: Wallace (2 BLK) 
Garnett Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  02:24  
Allen Layup Shot: Missed Block: James (4 BLK)  02:20  
  02:18 Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  02:05
[CLE 61-70]
James 3pt Shot: Made (19 PTS) 
  02:01 Varejao Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Garnett Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  02:01  
Team Rebound  02:01  
  02:01 Varejao Substitution replaced by Hickson 
Allen Substitution replaced by Daniels  02:01  
Garnett Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS)  02:01
[BOS 71-61]
 
Rondo Foul : Personal (3 PF)  01:55  
Rondo Substitution replaced by House  01:55  
  01:55 Parker Substitution replaced by Moon 
  01:42 Williams 3pt Shot: Missed 
Garnett Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  01:41  
Wallace Jump Shot: Missed  01:27  
  01:26 Moon Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  01:20 Williams Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Garnett (1 ST) 
  01:08 Hickson Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Garnett Substitution replaced by Williams  01:08  
  01:08 Williams Substitution replaced by Gibson 
Wallace Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  01:08  
Team Rebound  01:08  
Wallace Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS)  01:08
[BOS 72-61]
 
  00:52.4
[CLE 63-72]
James Driving Layup Shot: Made (21 PTS) 
Wallace Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  00:52.4  
  00:52.4 James Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  00:51.9  
Williams Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Hickson (1 ST)  00:32.9  
House Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  00:29.7  
  00:29.7
[CLE 64-72]
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (22 PTS) 
Williams Substitution replaced by Rondo  00:29.7  
Daniels Substitution replaced by Allen  00:29.7  
  00:29.7 Hickson Substitution replaced by Parker 
  00:29.7
[CLE 65-72]
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (23 PTS) 
Wallace 3pt Shot: Missed  00:08.9  
Team Rebound  00:07.9  
House Substitution replaced by Williams  00:07.9  
Williams Layup Shot: Missed Block: Parker (2 BLK)  00:05.9  
Team Rebound  00:05.7  
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  00:05.7  
  00:00.0 James Layup Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 3rd Quarter
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  11:40 Ilgauskas Jump Shot: Missed 
Daniels Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:39  
Wallace Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Daniels (2 AST)  11:22
[BOS 74-65]
 
Williams Foul : Personal (3 PF)  11:12  
  11:12 Hickson Substitution replaced by Parker 
  10:56
[CLE 67-74]
James Jump Shot: Made (25 PTS) 
Daniels 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: House (1 AST)  10:37
[BOS 77-67]
 
  10:22 Williams 3pt Shot: Missed 
  10:22 Ilgauskas Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Wallace Foul : Shooting (4 PF)  10:21  
  10:21
[CLE 68-77]
Ilgauskas Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  10:21
[CLE 69-77]
Ilgauskas Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Wallace 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: House (2 AST)  10:03
[BOS 80-69]
 
  09:35
[CLE 71-80]
Ilgauskas Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: James (8 AST) 
House Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  09:20  
  09:20 Moon Substitution replaced by O'Neal 
  08:58 Parker Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  08:57  
House 3pt Shot: Missed  08:42  
Team Rebound  08:42  
Timeout : Official  08:42  
  08:42 Williams Substitution replaced by Gibson 
Williams Substitution replaced by Perkins  08:42  
  08:36 James Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Allen Jump Shot: Missed  08:29  
  08:28 Ilgauskas Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
Perkins Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  08:14  
Wallace Substitution replaced by Garnett  08:14  
House Substitution replaced by Rondo  08:14  
  08:14
[CLE 72-80]
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (26 PTS) 
  08:14
[CLE 73-80]
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (27 PTS) 
  08:03 Ilgauskas Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Daniels Substitution replaced by Pierce  08:03  
Pierce Jump Shot: Missed  07:48  
  07:46 James Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Garnett Foul : Personal (1 PF)  07:37  
  07:25 James Layup Shot: Missed Block: Garnett (3 BLK) 
  07:25 Team Rebound 
  07:25 Gibson Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Perkins Jump Shot: Missed  07:03  
  07:02 Ilgauskas Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
Garnett Foul : Personal (2 PF)  06:51  
  06:51
[CLE 74-80]
Ilgauskas Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  06:51 Gibson Substitution replaced by Williams 
  06:51
[CLE 75-80]
Ilgauskas Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Rondo Jump Shot: Missed  06:40  
  06:39 James Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  06:27 O'Neal Layup Shot: Missed Block: Perkins (1 BLK) 
Rondo Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  06:24  
Garnett Slam Dunk Shot: Missed  06:18  
Garnett Rebound (Off:3 Def:5)  06:12  
Garnett Jump Shot: Missed  06:12  
  06:10 James Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  06:06 James Foul : Offensive (3 PF) 
  06:06 James Turnover : Foul (4 TO) 
  05:52 James Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
  05:52 Team Timeout : Regular 
Allen Jump Shot: Missed  05:45  
  05:44 Team Rebound 
Pierce Foul : Loose Ball (4 PF)  05:44  
  05:44 James Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  05:44 Team Rebound 
  05:44
[CLE 76-80]
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (28 PTS) 
Perkins Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Pierce (1 AST)  05:32
[BOS 82-76]
 
  05:32 Williams Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Perkins Free Throw 1 of 1 (9 PTS)  05:32
[BOS 83-76]
 
  05:17 O'Neal Jump Hook Shot: Missed 
Pierce Rebound (Off:1 Def:8)  05:12  
Garnett Jump Shot: Missed  05:02  
  05:01 Ilgauskas Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  04:50
[CLE 79-83]
James 3pt Shot: Made (31 PTS) 
Perkins Jump Shot: Missed  04:23  
  04:22 Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  04:16 James Turnover : Palming Turnover (5 TO) 
Team Timeout : Regular  04:16  
Perkins Substitution replaced by Wallace  04:16  
Pierce Jump Shot: Made (15 PTS)  04:03
[BOS 85-79]
 
Garnett Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  03:42  
  03:42 O'Neal Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  03:42 Team Rebound 
  03:42 O'Neal Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Garnett Rebound (Off:3 Def:6)  03:41  
Wallace 3pt Shot: Missed  03:27  
  03:26 O'Neal Rebound (Off:0 Def:8) 
  03:15 Pierce Violation:Kicked Ball 
  03:15 Ilgauskas Substitution replaced by Varejao 
  03:02 Parker Jump Shot: Missed 
Pierce Rebound (Off:1 Def:9)  03:00  
Garnett Turnaround Bank shot: Made (13 PTS)  02:43
[BOS 87-79]
 
Rondo Foul : Personal (4 PF)  02:30  
  02:30
[CLE 80-87]
Williams Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS) 
  02:30
[CLE 81-87]
Williams Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Garnett Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:James (1 ST)  02:11  
Pierce Foul : Shooting (5 PF)  02:08  
  02:08
[CLE 82-87]
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (32 PTS) 
  02:08
[CLE 83-87]
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (33 PTS) 
Wallace 3pt Shot: Missed  01:52  
  01:51 O'Neal Rebound (Off:0 Def:9) 
  01:49 O'Neal Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Rondo (3 ST) 
Allen 3pt Shot: Missed  01:45  
Rondo Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  01:44  
Rondo Putback Layup Shot: Missed  01:42  
  01:36 O'Neal Rebound (Off:0 Def:10) 
  01:17 James 3pt Shot: Missed 
Pierce Rebound (Off:1 Def:10)  01:16  
Pierce Jump Shot: Made (17 PTS)  01:03
[BOS 89-83]
 
  01:03 Team Timeout : Regular 
Pierce Substitution replaced by Daniels  01:03  
  00:53.4 Parker Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (3 TO) 
Team Timeout : Regular  00:53.4  
Daniels Substitution replaced by Pierce  00:53.4  
  00:53.4 O'Neal Substitution replaced by Moon 
Pierce Jump Shot: Made (19 PTS)  00:30.8
[BOS 91-83]
 
Wallace Foul : Shooting (5 PF)  00:25.8  
  00:25.8
[CLE 84-91]
Varejao Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS) 
  00:25.8 Varejao Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Garnett Rebound (Off:3 Def:7)  00:23.9  
Allen Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:James (2 ST)  00:18.9  
  00:15.9
[CLE 86-91]
James Dunk Shot: Made (35 PTS) 
  00:15.6 Varejao Foul : Personal (5 PF) 
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 (20 PTS)  00:15.6
[BOS 92-86]
 
  00:15.6 Williams Substitution replaced by O'Neal 
Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 (21 PTS)  00:15.6
[BOS 93-86]
 
  00:15.6 Team Timeout : Short 
Wallace Substitution replaced by Daniels  00:15.6  
  00:15.6 Varejao Substitution replaced by Gibson 
  00:15.6 O'Neal Substitution replaced by Ilgauskas 
  00:15.6 Moon Substitution replaced by Williams 
  00:12.9
[CLE 89-93]
James 3pt Shot: Made (38 PTS) 
  00:11.3 Gibson Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 (22 PTS)  00:11.3
[BOS 94-89]
 
Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 (23 PTS)  00:11.3
[BOS 95-89]
 
  00:04.8 James 3pt Shot: Missed 
Rondo Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  00:03.6  
End of 4th Quarter
broadcast information
country channel time
usa TNT National Final
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standings
w
l
l10
h
a
BOS
1st Atlantic
50
32
3-7
24-17
26-15
CLE
1st Central
61
21
4-6
35-6
26-15
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
BOS
Pierce 24.3
Garnett 8.8
Rondo 11.8
Perkins 2.3
Rondo 2.4
CLE
James 31.8
2 players 9.3
James 8.2
James 2.4
James 2.2

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