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Celtics fall into old habits, drop contest to Cavs


By Couper Moorhead, for NBA.com
Posted Friday February 26, 2010 1:10AM

BOSTON (NBA.com exclusive) -- The Boston Celtics are stuck in a backbreaking script. They come out hot, gaining double-digit leads behind team offense and smothering defense. Then the third quarter comes around and everything they were doing well goes in the tank. It's same episode, looping over and over again.

Sometimes, they can pull out a win despite themselves. But against the elite, the Celtics aren't coming close. It happened on February 7, when they blew an 11-point halftime lead to the Orlando Magic, getting outscored 36-11 in the third quarter. And it happened Thursday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, when a double-digit advantage was eviscerated by a 35-14 fourth quarter, the Paul Pierce-less Celtics eventually losing, 108-88.

The Celtics have now blown at least 10 leads of as many points.

"We didn't come here to put on a show," Kevin Garnett said. "We can't just play one half and then relax, especially against a good team, a proven team, a team full of veterans and guys who are eager."

For most of the night, things looked as expected. The Celtics were playing like the better team (eight-point halftime lead), the Cavaliers playing like the team with the best player in LeBron James (21 points at the half).

"In the first half, Cleveland played like us," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "They were a one pass offense. In the second half, we became them."

The change was drastic. Cleveland's defense before the break can be described generously as slow. Help rotations were frequently missed, and by the time James had to sprint cross-court to defend an Allen three which wasn't his responsibility, frustration had spread across his face.

But as the game wore on and Shaquille O'Neal was taken out of the lineup with a sprained thumb, the defense quickened. Sure, Antawn Jamison and Mo Williams gave the Cavs a nice offensive boost -- Williams draining three consecutive triples in the fourth to begin the fan exodus from TD Garden -- but it was Anderson Varejao who changed the game with a defensive tour de force.

"The star of the game for them was Varejao," Rivers said. "He was absolutely amazing with his energy, with his defense; he kept the ball alive. He kept them within striking range in the first half."

Varejao's quantitative contributions of 14 points and 10 rebounds, on top of a number of affected shots and tipped boards, pale in comparison to James' 36 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. But James' greatest impact may not have been on the stat sheet, as without Pierce to put a body on him, the Celtics looked beat up and worn out by the time the fourth quarter rolled along. The greatest toll, it seemed, was on Rajon Rondo, who played the first 45 minutes as he paid lesser and lesser dividends following a 14-point, eight-assist first half.

"The one mistake I absolutely made was keeping him in the first quarter," Rivers said. "In the third, it affected him, and once you get there, there is no coming back."

"We definitely made a conscious effort of trying to lock him down more in the second half," James said.

For Cleveland, which shook a losing streak in Boston, the victory was a confirmation of their status atop the NBA ladder, another gem of a win that will sit in Cavalier pockets, hidden away as they gear up for the playoffs. But for the Celtics, who had looked so good since the All-Star Break, it was a giant leap backwards. They have been saying they need to be a 48-minute team for more than a month, but the question used to be "when" would they, labeled a title contender, be that team. Now, that question begins with an "if".

"At some point there has to be some action," Garnett said. "Doc has a saying, 'You have to run through the whole race,' and we've got to do that. Until we players decide to do that, we're going to be in this predicament."

Cavaliers
Celtics
     
    • 52.6%

    • 40.7%

    • 47.6%

    • 33.3%

    • 76.2%

    • 69.6%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
CLE BOS
Total Rebounds 6 8
Offensive Rebounds 6 11
Turnovers 11 11
Fast Break Pts: 16 13
Biggest Lead: 20 13
Points in the Paint: 50 46
CLE BOS
p James   36 Allen   21
rb Varejao   10 Garnett   10
a James   9 Rondo   11
s Hickson   2 2 players   2
b Varejao   3 3 players   1
 
  • 10/27 - BOS @ CLE
  • 11/30 - BOS @ CLE
  • 01/25 - CLE @ BOS
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 35:57 11-23 3-6 11-15 +9 1 6 7 9 2 0 2 0 0 36
A. Jamison F 30:37 4-9 0-2 1-2 -3 1 2 3 1 3 0 4 0 1 9
S. O'Neal C 12:21 3-8 0-0 0-0 -10 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 6
A. Parker G 18:53 2-4 1-2 0-0 -7 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 5
M. Williams G 31:23 7-13 5-9 0-0 +11 0 1 1 2 4 1 2 1 0 19
A. Varejao   30:42 6-7 0-0 2-2 +18 2 8 10 2 4 0 1 3 0 14
D. West   32:08 3-6 1-2 0-0 +27 1 7 8 5 0 1 0 1 0 7
J. Moon   11:03 0-0 0-0 0-0 +13 0 3 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
J. Hickson   22:45 4-6 0-0 0-0 +27 0 4 4 2 2 2 2 1 0 8
J. Williams   10:22 0-0 0-0 0-0 +7 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
L. Powe   03:50 1-2 0-0 2-2 +8 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 4
D. Gibson DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 41-78 10-21 16-21   6 37 43 24 19 5 11 6 3 108
  52.6% 47.6% 76.2%   team rebs: 6 total to: 11
Boston Celtics (50-32)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
M. Daniels G 30:42 2-5 0-2 0-0 -5 1 2 3 0 2 1 0 0 1 4
K. Garnett F 28:40 4-10 0-0 2-2 -3 3 7 10 5 2 1 4 0 0 10
K. Perkins C 25:39 3-5 0-0 2-4 -2 1 7 8 1 2 0 1 1 2 8
R. Allen G 35:16 7-13 4-8 3-3 -7 1 1 2 1 3 1 1 0 0 21
R. Rondo G 45:10 8-19 0-1 3-6 -15 1 3 4 11 2 2 2 0 1 19
R. Wallace   17:55 3-8 1-3 2-2 -12 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 9
G. Davis   16:11 1-5 0-0 0-0 -12 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 2
T. Allen   14:58 3-8 0-1 2-2 -15 1 3 4 0 2 0 2 0 0 8
N. Robinson   16:59 2-6 1-1 2-4 -14 2 2 4 1 1 2 0 0 1 7
M. Landry   02:50 0-2 0-2 0-0 -5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Scalabrine   02:50 0-0 0-0 0-0 -5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Williams   02:50 0-0 0-0 0-0 -5 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0
Total   240 33-81 6-18 16-23   11 29 40 19 19 8 11 3 6 88
  40.7% 33.3% 69.6%   team rebs: 8 total to: 11

inactive

  • Cavaliers: Green, Jackson, Telfair
  • Celtics: Pierce

technical fouls

  • Cavaliers: Varejao
  • Celtics: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 7
  • Times Tied: 4

arena stats

  • Arena: TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • Officials: #48 Scott Foster, #36 David Jones, #65 Sean Wright
  • Attendance: 18624
  • Duration: 2:30
Cleveland Cavaliers (45-14) Boston Celtics (36-20)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Perkins vs O'Neal (Garnett gains possession)
  11:46
[BOS 2-0]
Rondo Running Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Parker 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: James (1 AST)  11:32
[CLE 3-2]
 
  11:12 Rondo Jump Shot: Missed 
O'Neal Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:11  
James Jump Shot: Missed  10:56  
  10:54 Perkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:49
[BOS 4-3]
Rondo Floating Jump shot: Made (4 PTS) 
O'Neal Running Hook Shot: Missed  10:30  
  10:29 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Jamison Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  10:24  
  10:24 Rondo Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  10:24 Team Rebound 
  10:24 Rondo Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
  10:22 Team Rebound 
  10:14 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:13  
Williams 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Parker (1 AST)  10:04
[CLE 6-4]
 
  09:51
[BOS 6-6]
Allen Running Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rondo (1 AST) 
Williams 3pt Shot: Missed  09:27  
  09:26 Perkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  09:13 Perkins Foul : Offensive (1 PF) 
  09:13 Perkins Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
James Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Daniels (1 ST)  09:02  
  08:58
[BOS 8-6]
Rondo Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Garnett (1 AST) 
Jamison 3pt Shot: Missed  08:32  
O'Neal Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  08:30  
O'Neal Putback Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS)  08:30
[CLE 8-8]
 
  08:11
[BOS 10-8]
Rondo Pullup Jump shot: Made (8 PTS) 
James Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (2 PTS)  07:52
[CLE 10-10]
 
  07:39
[BOS 12-10]
Rondo Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
  07:21 Garnett Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Parker 3pt Shot: Missed  07:10  
  07:09 Perkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  06:55
[BOS 14-10]
Perkins Slam Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rondo (2 AST) 
O'Neal Hook Shot: Missed  06:33  
  06:31 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  06:19
[BOS 16-10]
Garnett Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rondo (3 AST) 
James Jump Shot: Missed  06:00  
  05:59 Perkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  05:50 Rondo Jump Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:49  
James Step Back Jump shot: Made (4 PTS)  05:31
[CLE 12-16]
 
  05:14
[BOS 18-12]
Allen Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Rondo (4 AST) 
Parker Jump Shot: Missed  04:57  
  04:56 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  04:42
[BOS 21-12]
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Rondo (5 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  04:41  
O'Neal Substitution replaced by Varejao  04:41  
Williams Substitution replaced by West  04:41  
Jamison Jump Shot: Missed Block: Perkins (1 BLK)  04:27  
  04:25 Daniels Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  04:23 Garnett Turnover : Traveling (1 TO) 
Varejao Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: James (2 AST)  04:07
[CLE 14-21]
 
  03:49 Daniels Layup Shot: Missed Block: West (1 BLK) 
Varejao Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:47  
  03:42 Daniels Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
  03:42 Perkins Substitution replaced by Wallace 
James Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Varejao (1 AST)  03:39
[CLE 16-21]
 
  03:20 Allen Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:West (1 ST) 
  03:18 Rondo Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
West Jump Shot: Missed  03:11  
  03:10 Daniels Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  02:56
[BOS 23-16]
Wallace Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Varejao Jump Shot: Missed  02:38  
  02:37 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  02:31 Rondo Layup Shot: Missed 
  02:30 Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  02:30
[BOS 25-16]
Garnett Putback Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
James 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS)  02:19
[CLE 19-25]
 
Varejao Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  02:04  
  02:04 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:04 Garnett Substitution replaced by Davis 
  02:04
[BOS 26-19]
Wallace Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  02:04
[BOS 27-19]
Wallace Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Jamison 3pt Shot: Missed  01:48  
  01:47 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:41
[BOS 29-19]
Daniels Running Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rondo (6 AST) 
  01:22 Rondo Foul : Defense 3 Second (1 PF) 
James Free Throw Technical (10 PTS)  01:22
[CLE 20-29]
 
Parker Substitution replaced by Moon  01:22  
James Jump Shot: Missed  01:10  
  01:09 Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:50.9 Davis Jump Shot: Missed 
West Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:49.9  
  00:45.1 Allen Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Jamison Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  00:45.1
[CLE 21-29]
 
Jamison Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  00:45.1  
  00:44.9 Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  00:33.2
[BOS 31-21]
Rondo Driving Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
James Jump Shot: Missed  00:19.9  
  00:19.4 Team Rebound 
  00:19.4 Daniels Substitution replaced by Allen 
Jamison Substitution replaced by Hickson  00:19.4  
  00:19.4 Davis Substitution replaced by Robinson 
Varejao Substitution replaced by Williams  00:19.4  
Williams Foul : Personal (1 PF)  00:02.2  
End of 1st Quarter
Cleveland Cavaliers (45-14) Boston Celtics (36-20)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
O'Neal Jump Shot: Missed  11:37  
Varejao Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  11:36  
Varejao Putback Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS)  11:36
[CLE 23-31]
 
Williams Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  11:23  
  11:23
[BOS 32-23]
Robinson Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  11:23 Robinson Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Varejao Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  11:21  
Varejao Reverse Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: West (1 AST)  11:05
[CLE 25-32]
 
  10:51
[BOS 34-25]
Robinson Pullup Jump shot: Made (3 PTS) 
West Jump Shot: Missed  10:31  
  10:30 Davis Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:16
[BOS 37-25]
Wallace 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Rondo (7 AST) 
O'Neal Hook Shot: Made (4 PTS)  10:03
[CLE 27-37]
 
  09:46
[BOS 40-27]
Robinson 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  09:45  
Williams Jump Shot: Missed  09:31  
  09:30 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:14 Allen Jump Shot: Missed 
Varejao Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  09:13  
O'Neal Turnaround Bank shot: Made (6 PTS)  08:55
[CLE 29-40]
 
  08:36
[BOS 42-29]
Wallace Step Back Jump shot: Made (9 PTS) 
O'Neal Jump Shot: Missed  08:14  
  08:12 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
O'Neal Foul : Personal (1 PF)  08:03  
  07:57 Davis Jump Shot: Missed 
West Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  07:56  
West 3pt Shot: Missed  07:49  
Varejao Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  07:48  
O'Neal Layup Shot: Missed Block: Davis (1 BLK)  07:38  
Team Rebound  07:37  
Varejao Reverse Dunk Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: West (2 AST)  07:33
[CLE 31-42]
 
  07:15 Rondo Layup Shot: Missed Block: Varejao (1 BLK) 
Team Rebound  07:13  
Team Timeout : Short  06:58  
O'Neal Substitution replaced by Hickson  06:58  
Williams Substitution replaced by James  06:58  
James Jump Shot: Missed  06:49  
  06:48 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  06:36 Allen Turnover : Traveling (1 TO) 
Hickson Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: James (3 AST)  06:23
[CLE 33-42]
 
  06:00 Wallace Jump Shot: Missed 
West Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  05:59  
Varejao Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Williams (1 AST)  05:50
[CLE 35-42]
 
  05:39 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:39 Davis Substitution replaced by Perkins 
  05:39 Allen Substitution replaced by Daniels 
  05:39 Robinson Substitution replaced by Allen 
  05:39 Wallace Substitution replaced by Garnett 
  05:23 Allen Jump Bank Shot: Missed 
  05:22 Daniels Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  05:06 Garnett Layup Shot: Missed 
  05:05 Garnett Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  05:04
[BOS 44-35]
Garnett Putback Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
  04:47 Garnett Foul : Defense 3 Second (1 PF) 
James Free Throw Technical (11 PTS)  04:47
[CLE 36-44]
 
Williams Substitution replaced by Jamison  04:47  
  04:39 Allen Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  04:39  
Team Rebound  04:39  
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  04:39
[CLE 37-44]
 
  04:33
[BOS 46-37]
Garnett Slam Dunk Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Rondo (8 AST) 
James 3pt Shot: Missed  04:14  
Team Rebound  04:11  
Hickson Jump Shot: Missed  04:00  
Jamison Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  03:59  
James Driving Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Jamison (1 AST)  03:55
[CLE 39-46]
 
  03:34
[BOS 48-39]
Perkins Jump Hook Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Hickson Jump Shot: Missed  03:10  
  03:09 Garnett Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  03:00
[BOS 50-39]
Rondo Driving Jump shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Jamison Layup Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: James (4 AST)  02:51
[CLE 41-50]
 
  02:29 Garnett Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Varejao Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  02:28  
  02:23 Daniels Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Timeout : Official  02:23  
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS)  02:23
[CLE 42-50]
 
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS)  02:23
[CLE 43-50]
 
  02:06
[BOS 53-43]
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Garnett (2 AST) 
Hickson Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Rondo (1 ST)  01:50  
  01:42 Daniels 3pt Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  01:41  
James Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS)  01:36
[CLE 45-53]
 
  01:26
[BOS 56-45]
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Perkins (1 AST) 
James Layup Shot: Missed  01:04  
  01:03 Perkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  00:59.5 Varejao Violation:Kicked Ball 
Hickson Substitution replaced by Powe  00:59.5  
  00:47.9 Allen Jump Shot: Missed 
Jamison Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  00:46.9  
Jamison Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Allen (1 ST)  00:43.9  
  00:39.3 Garnett Foul : Offensive (2 PF) 
  00:39.3 Garnett Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
James 3pt Shot: Made (21 PTS)  00:18.5
[CLE 48-56]
 
  00:14.0 Team Timeout : Short 
  00:14.0 Daniels Substitution replaced by Robinson 
  00:14.0 Perkins Substitution replaced by Wallace 
Jamison Substitution replaced by Moon  00:14.0  
Powe Foul : Personal (1 PF)  00:10.0  
  00:00.9 Rondo Jump Shot: Missed 
Varejao Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  00:00.0  
End of 2nd Quarter
Cleveland Cavaliers (45-14) Boston Celtics (36-20)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
Parker Driving Dunk Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Williams (1 AST)  11:44
[CLE 50-56]
 
James Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  11:23  
  11:23
[BOS 57-50]
Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS) 
  11:23
[BOS 58-50]
Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS) 
Varejao Driving Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: James (5 AST)  11:09
[CLE 52-58]
 
  10:49
[BOS 60-52]
Perkins Jump Hook Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Garnett (3 AST) 
Williams Running Jump Shot: Missed  10:30  
  10:29 Garnett Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  10:10 Daniels 3pt Shot: Missed 
Varejao Rebound (Off:2 Def:6)  10:09  
Williams Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS)  09:53
[CLE 54-60]
 
  09:33
[BOS 63-54]
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Rondo (9 AST) 
Williams Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Rondo (2 ST)  09:16  
  09:06 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
Varejao Rebound (Off:2 Def:7)  09:05  
Varejao Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  09:01  
  08:38 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  08:37  
Jamison Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Garnett (1 ST)  08:27  
  08:17 Rondo Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Williams (1 ST) 
James Dunk Shot: Made (23 PTS) Assist: Varejao (2 AST)  08:13
[CLE 56-63]
 
  07:51
[BOS 65-56]
Allen Layup Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Rondo (10 AST) 
James 3pt Shot: Made (26 PTS)  07:25
[CLE 59-65]
 
Varejao Foul : Personal (2 PF)  07:02  
  06:55 Rondo Jump Shot: Missed 
  06:54 Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  06:52 Perkins Layup Shot: Missed Block: Williams (1 BLK) 
Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  06:51  
Williams 3pt Shot: Missed  06:45  
  06:45 Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  06:37 Team Timeout : Regular 
  06:20 Perkins Jump Shot: Missed Block: Varejao (2 BLK) 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  06:19  
James 3pt Shot: Missed  06:14  
  06:14 Garnett Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 
  06:07 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
  06:07 Team Rebound 
Parker Foul : Loose Ball (1 PF)  06:07  
Williams Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  06:03  
  06:03
[BOS 66-59]
Rondo Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS) 
  06:03 Rondo Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  06:03  
Jamison Layup Shot: Missed  05:46  
  05:45 Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:7) 
  05:32
[BOS 68-59]
Daniels Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Garnett (4 AST) 
James Layup Shot: Made (28 PTS)  05:12
[CLE 61-68]
 
  05:12 Perkins Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
James Free Throw 1 of 1 (29 PTS)  05:12
[CLE 62-68]
 
Varejao Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  04:51  
  04:51 Perkins Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  04:51 Team Rebound 
  04:51
[BOS 69-62]
Perkins Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS) 
Varejao Substitution replaced by Hickson  04:27  
James 3pt Shot: Missed  04:24  
  04:24 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  04:17 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  04:15  
Jamison Hook Shot: Made (5 PTS)  04:07
[CLE 64-69]
 
Jamison Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  03:45  
  03:45 Perkins Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  03:45 Team Rebound 
Parker Substitution replaced by Moon  03:45  
  03:45 Garnett Substitution replaced by Davis 
  03:45
[BOS 70-64]
Perkins Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
James Turnover : Traveling (2 TO)  03:27  
  03:27 Perkins Substitution replaced by Wallace 
Williams Substitution replaced by West  03:27  
  03:19 Davis Foul : Offensive (1 PF) 
  03:19 Davis Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Jamison Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Moon (1 AST)  02:59
[CLE 66-70]
 
  02:44 Wallace 3pt Shot: Missed 
  02:43 Allen Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  02:40
[BOS 72-66]
Davis Alley Oop Layup shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Allen (1 AST) 
Jamison Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS)  02:22
[CLE 68-72]
 
  01:59 Wallace 3pt Shot: Missed 
Moon Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:58  
  01:55 Wallace Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Team Timeout : Regular  01:55  
  01:55 Daniels Substitution replaced by Allen 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  01:55  
Team Rebound  01:55  
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (30 PTS)  01:55
[CLE 69-72]
 
  01:37 Allen Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  01:36  
James Jump Shot: Missed  01:24  
James Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  01:23  
  01:22 Allen Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (31 PTS)  01:22
[CLE 70-72]
 
James Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  01:22  
  01:21 Davis Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  01:03 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
  01:01 Davis Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  00:44.2
[BOS 74-70]
Allen Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rondo (11 AST) 
Hickson Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: James (6 AST)  00:35.0
[CLE 72-74]
 
  00:19.8 Davis Layup Shot: Missed 
Jamison Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  00:17.9  
  00:00.4 Wallace Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Instant Replay - Support Ruling  00:00.4  
James Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  00:00.4  
Team Rebound  00:00.4  
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (32 PTS)  00:00.4
[CLE 73-74]
 
  00:00.0 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 3rd Quarter
Cleveland Cavaliers (45-14) Boston Celtics (36-20)
Start of 4th QuarterBack to Top
  11:43 Allen Layup Shot: Missed 
Hickson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:42  
Jamison Foul : Offensive (3 PF)  11:29  
Jamison Turnover : Foul (3 TO)  11:29  
  11:17 Davis Jump Shot: Missed Block: Hickson (1 BLK) 
West Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  11:15  
Hickson Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: West (3 AST)  11:10
[CLE 75-74]
 
  10:48 Rondo Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Moon (1 ST) 
West Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  10:38
[CLE 77-74]
 
  10:17 Wallace Jump Shot: Missed 
  10:16 Allen Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  10:15
[BOS 76-77]
Allen Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Jamison Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Robinson (1 ST)  10:00  
Williams Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  09:57  
  09:57
[BOS 77-77]
Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  09:57
[BOS 78-77]
Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
Jamison Jump Shot: Missed  09:44  
  09:43 Allen Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  09:37 Allen Foul : Offensive (2 PF) 
  09:37 Allen Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Jamison Substitution replaced by Varejao  09:37  
  09:19 Robinson Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Williams Pullup Jump shot: Made (7 PTS)  09:13
[CLE 79-78]
 
  09:00 Rondo Running Jump Shot: Missed 
  08:59 Rondo Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  08:57 Rondo Layup Shot: Missed 
Moon Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  08:56  
West 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Hickson (1 AST)  08:40
[CLE 82-78]
 
  08:27 Timeout : Official 
  08:27 Allen Substitution replaced by Allen 
  08:15 Wallace Turnaround Fade Away shot: Missed 
Moon Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  08:14  
Hickson Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: West (4 AST)  07:55
[CLE 84-78]
 
Hickson Foul : Personal (1 PF)  07:49  
  07:49 Davis Substitution replaced by Garnett 
  07:49 Wallace Substitution replaced by Perkins 
Moon Substitution replaced by James  07:49  
  07:36
[BOS 80-84]
Rondo Layup Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Garnett (5 AST) 
James Jump Shot: Missed  07:11  
  07:10 Team Rebound 
  06:52 Rondo Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  06:50  
Williams 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: James (7 AST)  06:45
[CLE 87-80]
 
  06:32 Robinson Jump Shot: Missed Block: Varejao (3 BLK) 
  06:30 Robinson Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
James Foul : Personal (2 PF)  06:26  
Varejao Technical  06:26  
  06:26
[BOS 81-87]
Allen Free Throw Technical (21 PTS) 
Varejao Foul : Personal (4 PF)  06:21  
  06:21 Robinson Substitution replaced by Daniels 
  06:21
[BOS 82-87]
Rondo Free Throw 1 of 2 (18 PTS) 
  06:21
[BOS 83-87]
Rondo Free Throw 2 of 2 (19 PTS) 
Williams 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: James (8 AST)  06:07
[CLE 90-83]
 
  05:41 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
Hickson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  05:40  
Williams 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: James (9 AST)  05:29
[CLE 93-83]
 
  05:29 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:15 Rondo Jump Shot: Missed 
  05:14 Garnett Rebound (Off:3 Def:6) 
  05:11 Garnett Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
West Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  05:10  
James Layup Shot: Made (34 PTS) Assist: Williams (2 AST)  04:55
[CLE 95-83]
 
  04:43 Garnett Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Hickson (1 ST) 
  04:26 Allen Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
  04:26 Perkins Substitution replaced by Robinson 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (35 PTS)  04:26
[CLE 96-83]
 
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (36 PTS)  04:26
[CLE 97-83]
 
Hickson Foul : Personal (2 PF)  04:15  
  04:15
[BOS 84-97]
Garnett Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS) 
  04:15
[BOS 85-97]
Garnett Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS) 
Williams 3pt Shot: Missed  04:00  
West Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  03:59  
West Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS)  03:57
[CLE 99-85]
 
  03:55 Garnett Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Hickson (2 ST) 
Williams 3pt Shot: Missed  03:49  
  03:48 Garnett Rebound (Off:3 Def:7) 
  03:39 Rondo 3pt Shot: Missed 
Varejao Rebound (Off:2 Def:8)  03:37  
James Jump Shot: Missed  03:13  
  03:12 Robinson Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  03:05 Robinson Jump Shot: Missed 
West Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  03:03  
  02:59 Rondo Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:59  
  02:59 Garnett Substitution replaced by Davis 
Varejao Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS)  02:59
[CLE 100-85]
 
Varejao Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS)  02:59
[CLE 101-85]
 
Williams Foul : Shooting (4 PF)  02:50  
  02:50 Daniels Substitution replaced by Landry 
  02:50 Allen Substitution replaced by Allen 
  02:50 Rondo Substitution replaced by Scalabrine 
  02:50 Davis Substitution replaced by Williams 
  02:50
[BOS 86-101]
Robinson Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
James Substitution replaced by Williams  02:50  
Varejao Substitution replaced by Powe  02:50  
  02:50 Robinson Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
  02:49 Robinson Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  02:46 Robinson Layup Shot: Missed 
West Rebound (Off:1 Def:7)  02:45  
Williams 3pt Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Hickson (2 AST)  02:21
[CLE 104-86]
 
  02:07 Robinson Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
Hickson Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  02:05  
Williams Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Williams (1 ST)  01:51  
  01:44 Allen Jump Shot: Missed 
Powe Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  01:42  
  01:31 Williams Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Williams Substitution replaced by Moon  01:31  
Powe Jump Shot: Missed Block: Williams (1 BLK)  01:18  
  01:16 Robinson Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  01:10 Landry 3pt Shot: Missed 
Powe Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  01:08  
Powe Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: West (5 AST)  00:48.8
[CLE 106-86]
 
  00:36.9 Landry 3pt Shot: Missed 
Hickson Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  00:35.4  
Hickson Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Robinson (2 ST)  00:33.7  
  00:32.6
[BOS 88-106]
Allen Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Robinson (1 AST) 
  00:08.9 Williams Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Powe Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  00:08.9
[CLE 107-88]
 
Powe Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  00:08.9
[CLE 108-88]
 
End of 4th Quarter
broadcast information
country channel time
usa TNT National 8:00 pm ET
canada -- TSN2 national 8:00 pm ET
 
standings
w
l
l10
h
a
CLE
1st Central
61
21
4-6
35-6
26-15
BOS
1st Atlantic
50
32
3-7
24-17
26-15
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
CLE
James 31.8
2 players 9.3
James 8.2
James 2.4
James 2.2
BOS
Pierce 24.3
Garnett 8.8
Rondo 11.8
Perkins 2.3
Rondo 2.4

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