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Celtics hold off Cavs in potential playoff preview


By Couper Moorhead, for NBA.com
Posted Sunday April 4, 2010 6:24PM

BOSTON (NBA.com exclusive) -- -- With a 117-113 victory, the Boston Celtics can mark this one down as a win worth its weight in momentum. But it didn't feel like they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers. Only survived.

Despite the loss, Cleveland earned home-court advantage throughout the playoffs thanks to the Lakers losing to the Spurs on Sunday.

Up by as many as 22 late in the third quarter over a Cavaliers team missing Andersen Varejao, Shaquille O'Neal and coach Mike Brown -- ejected in the third -- the Celtics looked well on their way to their biggest win of the season on the strength of remarkable ball movement (28 assists on 39 shots).

"We knew if we didn't come here and play Cleveland [was] just going to wipe us out," Kevin Garnett said.

But then, as they've done so many times this season, the Celtics slowed down and the ball stopped moving. Rather than working for open looks for the likes of Ray Allen (27 points through three periods), they cherished every tick of the clock. And then, LeBron James happened.

Evoking memories of his 48-point dominance of the Detroit Pistons in the playoffs years ago, a visibly ticked-off James (42 points on 31 shots) scored 20 of Cleveland's 32 fourth-quarter points, with all 20 coming off layups, dunks or free throws. The Celtics were helpless as James got to the rim at will.

"As long as I am on the court my team will never quit," James said. "It doesn't matter if we are down 20 or down 30. We have a chance to win until the zeroes are on the clock."

Boston eventually regrouped just long enough to stave off the furious Cavaliers onslaught, breaking a tie with 1:25 to play and getting Allen an open look at a three that gave them a four-point lead seconds later. But, fittingly, the three deciding plays in the game came from James, the first of which was on Allen's three, when LeBron went rogue defensively, going cross-court to try and strip Paul Pierce and leaving the weak-side undermanned, clearing the passing lane to Allen.

The second such play was when James missed 1-of-2 free throws with 21.6 seconds to play and Boston up three. Up to that point, James could not be stopped in the paint, meaning that with Pierce's missed free throw, the Cavs could have been down just two with 13.8 left. But, up three, the Celtics wisely chose to foul instead of allow Cleveland to shoot from deep, and again LeBron made 1-of-2.

The play that will be remembered -- at least until the playoffs begin and this game is rendered meaningless -- came in the last ten seconds. Though James' misses should have been crippling, Kendrick Perkins missed a pair of freebies with 10.7 on the clock and Boston up two. James grabbed the rebound on the left side of the rim and rocketed down court with only Tony Allen in position to defend.

It was a situation primed for an overtime-forcing layup or free throws. But James opted to go for the dramatic win, pulling up for three.

"It's tough to question anything he does," Rivers said. "And who didn't think that wasn't going in when he shot it? You clearly wanted him to drive if you were [Cleveland], and we clearly wanted him to shoot because at least we got a chance of missing."

It missed.

"I wanted to win," James said. "In transition, those are probably the best shots you can get. I was able to get a clean look, it just went a little left."

Following the shot and a Boston timeout, Tony Allen goaded James with some emotive language, prompting both teams to meet in front of Boston's bench as words were exchanged. Up to this point, six technical fouls had been called, with Brown being ejected, Rasheed Wallace being benched after screaming at Rivers and Rajon Rondo almost completing Boston's implosion with a tech at the 3:14 mark of the fourth.

Though the game had been decided by that final "group meeting", it was made very clear that there was no love lost.

"This game has lost a little bit of that in the years, all the talking, teams not liking each other," James said. "That's the same thing I kind of figured out last year when I walked off the court in Orlando. People were mad I didn't shake hands, why should I be happy? I'm not happy. I'm disgusted that I lost. I move on to the next season. That's what this game has lost, it's lost what it had in the 80's and early 90's where teams really didn't like each other."

"Just like we didn't like Detroit, that's just how the game goes," Ray Allen said, confirming James' sentiments.

Whether they like each other or not, this game was still deserving of a few asterisks. Cleveland not having its best interior and pick-and-roll defender in Varejao is one, as the Cavaliers struggled to rotate fluidly into the middle. But more than that, Cleveland had clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference as wasn't playing for anything tangible. The Celtics, however, were floundering.

"The game wasn't important until we had a 20-point lead and almost gave it away," Rivers said. "I thought, 'We had to get this win now.'"

They got it, but just barely. In the grand scheme of things, how much is that worth?

"We all know the playoffs are where it's at," James said.

Cavaliers
Celtics
     
    • 51.3%

    • 48.8%

    • 41.2%

    • 61.5%

    • 65.0%

    • 81.6%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
CLE BOS
Total Rebounds 11 9
Offensive Rebounds 7 6
Turnovers 11 10
Fast Break Pts: 14 21
Biggest Lead: 1 22
Points in the Paint: 50 48
CLE BOS
p James   42 Allen   33
rb Hickson   11 Perkins   10
a James   9 Rondo   14
s 4 players   1 Allen   2
b 4 players   1 4 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 44:32 14-31 0-9 14-22 -1 1 6 7 9 0 1 3 1 1 42
A. Jamison F 30:52 5-10 2-3 4-8 +7 1 9 10 1 5 1 1 1 0 16
J. Hickson F 32:05 6-12 0-0 2-2 -14 3 8 11 2 2 0 1 1 2 14
A. Parker G 33:05 4-5 2-2 0-0 +1 2 1 3 2 3 1 0 0 0 10
M. Williams G 30:38 6-6 3-3 2-2 -16 0 2 2 3 3 0 3 0 0 17
D. West   26:55 0-4 0-0 0-0 +8 0 1 1 3 1 0 1 0 1 0
Z. Ilgauskas   25:31 4-9 0-0 2-2 +14 0 4 4 0 6 1 2 1 0 10
L. Powe   10:02 0-0 0-0 2-4 -6 0 2 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 2
J. Moon   06:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 -8 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
J. Williams   00:21 0-0 0-0 0-0 -5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Gibson DNP - Coach's Decision
D. Green DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 40-78 7-17 26-40   7 35 42 20 27 4 11 4 4 113
  51.3% 41.2% 65.0%   team rebs: 11 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
P. Pierce F 34:25 4-13 1-3 7-8 +3 0 5 5 5 5 0 1 0 0 16
K. Garnett F 35:04 5-14 0-0 9-10 -3 2 6 8 3 4 1 1 1 0 19
K. Perkins C 30:33 4-7 0-0 2-6 -3 1 9 10 0 4 1 3 1 1 10
R. Allen G 41:56 10-17 6-9 7-7 +7 1 2 3 4 2 1 2 0 0 33
R. Rondo G 41:56 7-14 1-1 1-1 0 0 3 3 14 2 1 1 0 2 16
T. Allen   18:43 3-4 0-0 1-2 0 0 2 2 1 4 2 2 0 0 7
G. Davis   16:23 2-4 0-0 4-4 +1 2 3 5 0 3 0 0 1 1 8
R. Wallace   10:25 3-5 0-0 0-0 +5 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 6
M. Finley   08:18 1-2 0-0 0-0 +8 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
S. Williams   02:16 0-0 0-0 0-0 +2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Daniels DNP - Coach's Decision
N. Robinson DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 39-80 8-13 31-38   6 32 38 28 27 6 10 4 4 117
  48.8% 61.5% 81.6%   team rebs: 9 total to: 11

inactive

  • Cavaliers: O'Neal, Telfair, Varejao
  • Celtics: Landry, Scalabrine

technical fouls

  • Cavaliers: Brown, Brown, James, Williams
  • Celtics: Rondo, Wallace

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 6
  • Times Tied: 2

arena stats

  • Arena: TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • Officials: #13 Monty McCutchen, #71 Rodney Mott, #22 Bill Spooner
  • Attendance: 18624
  • Duration: 2:46
Cleveland Cavaliers (60-17) Boston Celtics (48-28)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Perkins vs Hickson (Garnett gains possession)
  11:43 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
  11:42 Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  11:39
[BOS 2-0]
Perkins Slam Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Garnett (1 AST) 
James 3pt Shot: Missed  11:12  
  11:11 Perkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:03
[BOS 4-0]
Allen Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rondo (1 AST) 
  10:44 Garnett Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Jamison Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  10:44
[CLE 1-4]
 
Jamison Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  10:44  
  10:44 Perkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  10:30
[BOS 6-1]
Allen Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Hickson Jump Shot: Missed  10:12  
  10:11 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:04
[BOS 8-1]
Perkins Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Rondo (2 AST) 
James Running Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  09:50
[CLE 3-8]
 
  09:33 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
Hickson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:32  
Jamison Layup Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: James (1 AST)  09:23
[CLE 5-8]
 
  09:02 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:02  
James Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  08:57
[CLE 7-8]
 
  08:57 Rondo Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
James Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  08:57  
  08:56 Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  08:34 Perkins Jump Bank Shot: Missed 
Jamison Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:33  
James Jump Shot: Missed  08:26  
  08:26 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:20
[BOS 10-7]
Rondo Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
James 3pt Shot: Missed  08:03  
  08:02 Perkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  07:54
[BOS 13-7]
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Pierce (1 AST) 
Williams Pullup Jump shot: Made (2 PTS)  07:27
[CLE 9-13]
 
  07:06
[BOS 15-9]
Garnett Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
James Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Perkins (1 ST)  06:46  
  06:40
[BOS 17-9]
Rondo Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
  06:34 Rondo Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Williams 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: James (2 AST)  06:23
[CLE 12-17]
 
Jamison Foul : Personal (1 PF)  06:04  
  06:04 Rondo Substitution replaced by Allen 
Parker Foul : Personal (1 PF)  06:01  
  05:51
[BOS 19-12]
Perkins Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Allen (1 AST) 
James Jump Shot: Missed  05:35  
  05:34 Perkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  05:27 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
Hickson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  05:26  
Williams 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Hickson (1 AST)  05:13
[CLE 15-19]
 
  04:58 Team Timeout : Regular 
Parker Substitution replaced by West  04:58  
  04:52 Garnett Hook Shot: Missed 
Hickson Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  04:51  
Jamison Jump Shot: Missed  04:35  
  04:34 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  04:23 Allen Layup Shot: Missed 
Jamison Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  04:22  
James Layup Shot: Missed  04:17  
  04:16 Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
Jamison Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  04:08  
Jamison Substitution replaced by Ilgauskas  04:08  
  04:08 Garnett Substitution replaced by Davis 
  04:08
[BOS 20-15]
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  04:08
[BOS 21-15]
Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Williams Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Allen (1 ST)  03:55  
  03:47 Allen Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Ilgauskas Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:46  
James Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Williams (1 AST)  03:36
[CLE 17-21]
 
  03:17
[BOS 23-17]
Allen Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Allen (2 AST) 
  03:05 Allen Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
  03:05 Perkins Substitution replaced by Wallace 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  03:05
[CLE 18-23]
 
Hickson Substitution replaced by Powe  03:05  
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  03:05
[CLE 19-23]
 
  02:45 Allen Jump Shot: Missed 
Powe Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:44  
Ilgauskas Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Allen (1 ST)  02:32  
  02:28
[BOS 25-19]
Allen Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
West Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  02:28  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:28  
Williams Substitution replaced by Moon  02:28  
  02:28
[BOS 26-19]
Allen Free Throw 1 of 1 (10 PTS) 
Ilgauskas Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: James (3 AST)  02:08
[CLE 21-26]
 
  01:49
[BOS 28-21]
Wallace Jump Bank Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Pierce (2 AST) 
  01:33 Allen Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
  01:33 Allen Substitution replaced by Finley 
Powe Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  01:33  
Team Rebound  01:33  
Powe Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS)  01:33
[CLE 22-28]
 
  01:21 Pierce 3pt Shot: Missed 
Powe Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  01:20  
Ilgauskas Jump Shot: Missed  01:11  
  01:09 Finley Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:04 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:03 Davis Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  01:03 Davis Tip Shot: Missed 
  01:02 Davis Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
Powe Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  01:02  
  01:02
[BOS 29-22]
Davis Free Throw 1 of 2 (2 PTS) 
  01:02
[BOS 30-22]
Davis Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
West Jump Shot: Missed Block: Wallace (1 BLK)  00:41.9  
  00:40.4 Davis Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  00:36.8 Allen Layup Shot: Missed 
Moon Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:35.4  
Moon Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: James (4 AST)  00:27.1
[CLE 24-30]
 
  00:08.0
[BOS 32-24]
Pierce Running Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Moon Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  00:08.0  
  00:08.0
[BOS 33-24]
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 1 (5 PTS) 
End of 1st Quarter
Cleveland Cavaliers (60-17) Boston Celtics (48-28)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
  11:45 Finley Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Jamison Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  11:45  
Team Rebound  11:45  
Jamison Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  11:45
[CLE 25-33]
 
Ilgauskas Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  11:35  
  11:35
[BOS 34-25]
Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  11:35 Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
West Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:35  
Ilgauskas Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: West (1 AST)  11:11
[CLE 27-34]
 
  10:58 Wallace Jump Bank Shot: Missed 
Jamison Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  10:57  
Ilgauskas Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: West (2 AST)  10:47
[CLE 29-34]
 
  10:32
[BOS 36-29]
Finley Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rondo (3 AST) 
Jamison Jump Shot: Missed  10:07  
  10:05 Team Rebound 
  10:05 Allen Substitution replaced by Allen 
  09:53
[BOS 38-29]
Wallace Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Allen (3 AST) 
  09:30 Davis Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Powe Free Throw 1 of 2 (2 PTS)  09:30
[CLE 30-38]
 
Powe Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  09:30  
  09:30 Davis Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  09:18 Finley Jump Shot: Missed 
Moon Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  09:17  
Jamison Foul : Offensive (3 PF)  09:06  
Jamison Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  09:06  
Jamison Substitution replaced by Williams  09:06  
  08:54
[BOS 40-30]
Davis Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Rondo (4 AST) 
West Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Rondo (1 ST)  08:37  
  08:33
[BOS 42-30]
Allen Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Rondo (5 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  08:32  
Moon Substitution replaced by James  08:32  
Powe Substitution replaced by Hickson  08:32  
Davis Violation:Defensive Goaltending  08:09  
Ilgauskas Running Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS)  08:09
[CLE 32-42]
 
  07:57
[BOS 44-32]
Rondo Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Ilgauskas Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  07:57  
  07:57 Davis Substitution replaced by Garnett 
  07:57 Finley Substitution replaced by Pierce 
  07:57
[BOS 45-32]
Rondo Free Throw 1 of 1 (7 PTS) 
James Step Back Jump shot: Missed  07:44  
  07:43 Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  07:36 Allen Layup Shot: Missed 
Hickson Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  07:35  
Williams Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS)  07:29
[CLE 34-45]
 
  07:29 Instant Replay - Support Ruling 
  07:16 Rondo Layup Shot: Missed 
Hickson Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  07:15  
James Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  07:09  
  07:09 Wallace Substitution replaced by Perkins 
  07:01 Perkins Foul : Offensive (1 PF) 
  07:01 Perkins Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Hickson Jump Shot: Missed  06:42  
  06:41 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  06:36
[BOS 47-34]
Rondo Driving Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Ilgauskas Jump Shot: Missed  06:26  
Hickson Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  06:24  
Hickson Tip Shot: Made (2 PTS)  06:24
[CLE 36-47]
 
  06:00 Perkins Hook Shot: Missed 
Hickson Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  05:58  
  05:54 Pierce Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Timeout : Official  05:54  
West Substitution replaced by Parker  05:54  
Hickson Layup Shot: Missed  05:41  
  05:40 Perkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  05:15 Allen Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
James Layup Shot: Missed Block: Perkins (1 BLK)  05:01  
  04:58 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  04:55
[BOS 49-36]
Garnett Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Rondo (6 AST) 
James 3pt Shot: Missed  04:32  
Team Rebound  04:30  
Hickson Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Williams (2 AST)  04:16
[CLE 38-49]
 
Ilgauskas Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  03:50  
  03:50 Garnett Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  03:50 Team Rebound 
Ilgauskas Substitution replaced by Powe  03:50  
  03:50
[BOS 50-38]
Garnett Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Hickson Layup Shot: Missed  03:40  
Hickson Rebound (Off:2 Def:6)  03:39  
Hickson Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  03:38
[CLE 40-50]
 
  03:23 Allen Foul : Offensive (2 PF) 
  03:23 Allen Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
  03:10 Garnett Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Hickson Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  03:10
[CLE 41-50]
 
Hickson Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  03:10
[CLE 42-50]
 
Powe Foul : Personal (2 PF)  02:58  
  02:58 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:50
[BOS 52-42]
Pierce Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Williams Running Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS)  02:29
[CLE 44-52]
 
  02:22 Rondo Layup Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  02:21  
Williams 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS)  02:17
[CLE 47-52]
 
  01:52
[BOS 54-47]
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Pierce (3 AST) 
  01:31 Pierce Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  01:31  
Team Rebound  01:31  
James Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  01:31  
  01:31 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
Powe Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  01:17  
  01:17
[BOS 55-47]
Garnett Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS) 
  01:17
[BOS 56-47]
Garnett Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Williams Foul : Offensive (1 PF)  01:08  
Williams Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  01:08  
  00:55.8 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:55.2 Team Rebound 
Powe Foul : Loose Ball (4 PF)  00:55.2  
  00:55.2 Perkins Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  00:55.2 Team Rebound 
  00:55.2 Perkins Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
  00:54.9 Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  00:46.6
[BOS 59-47]
Pierce 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Rondo (7 AST) 
James 3pt Shot: Missed  00:38.9  
Hickson Rebound (Off:3 Def:6)  00:37.4  
James Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS)  00:28.4
[CLE 49-59]
 
  00:21.3 Team Timeout : Short 
Powe Substitution replaced by Williams  00:21.3  
Williams Foul : Personal (1 PF)  00:16.4  
  00:16.4
[BOS 60-49]
Perkins Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  00:16.4 Pierce Substitution replaced by Allen 
  00:16.4
[BOS 61-49]
Perkins Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Hickson Turnover : Step Out of Bounds Turnover (1 TO)  00:02.5  
  00:02.5 Allen Substitution replaced by Pierce 
  00:02.5 Perkins Substitution replaced by Finley 
  00:00.0
[BOS 64-49]
Rondo 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) 
Instant Replay - Support Ruling  00:00.0  
End of 2nd Quarter
Cleveland Cavaliers (60-17) Boston Celtics (48-28)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
Hickson Layup Shot: Missed Block: Garnett (1 BLK)  11:47  
  11:45 Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  11:41 Rondo Layup Shot: Missed Block: James (1 BLK) 
  11:41 Team Rebound 
  11:34
[BOS 66-49]
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Rondo (8 AST) 
James Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Parker (1 AST)  11:18
[CLE 51-66]
 
  10:56
[BOS 68-51]
Pierce Reverse Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Allen (4 AST) 
Williams Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  10:56  
  10:56
[BOS 69-51]
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 1 (13 PTS) 
Hickson Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Parker (2 AST)  10:40
[CLE 53-69]
 
  10:18 Rondo Running Hook Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  10:18  
  10:18 Perkins Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF) 
  10:08 Pierce Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
Parker Jump Shot: Missed  10:02  
  10:01 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  09:54
[BOS 72-53]
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Pierce (4 AST) 
Jamison Jump Shot: Missed  09:35  
  09:33 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:24 Pierce 3pt Shot: Missed 
  09:23 Garnett Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  09:18 Rondo Jump Shot: Missed 
Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:17  
  09:09 Pierce Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Jamison Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  09:09  
Team Rebound  09:09  
  09:09 Pierce Substitution replaced by Allen 
Jamison Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  09:09  
  09:08 Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  08:53 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
Jamison Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  08:52  
Parker 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Jamison (1 AST)  08:41
[CLE 56-72]
 
  08:22 Garnett Foul : Offensive (3 PF) 
  08:22 Garnett Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Hickson Dunk Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: James (5 AST)  08:04
[CLE 58-72]
 
  07:38 Perkins Jump Shot: Missed Block: Hickson (1 BLK) 
  07:36 Allen Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  07:33
[BOS 75-58]
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (18 PTS) 
  07:20 Allen Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
James Free Throw 1 of 3 (13 PTS)  07:20
[CLE 59-75]
 
James Free Throw 2 of 3 (14 PTS)  07:20
[CLE 60-75]
 
James Free Throw 3 of 3 Missed  07:20  
  07:19 Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:7) 
  07:02
[BOS 78-60]
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Rondo (9 AST) 
James Jump Shot: Missed  06:36  
Parker Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  06:36  
Jamison Reverse Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Hickson (2 AST)  06:28
[CLE 62-78]
 
  06:14
[BOS 80-62]
Rondo Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Garnett (2 AST) 
Williams Technical  06:02  
Brown Technical  06:02  
Brown Technical  06:02  
Brown Ejection:Second Technical  06:02  
  06:02
[BOS 81-62]
Allen Free Throw Technical (22 PTS) 
  06:02
[BOS 82-62]
Allen Free Throw Technical (23 PTS) 
  06:02
[BOS 83-62]
Allen Free Throw Technical (24 PTS) 
  05:48 Perkins Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
  05:48 Team Timeout : Regular 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  05:48  
Team Rebound  05:48  
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS)  05:48
[CLE 63-83]
 
  05:32
[BOS 85-63]
Perkins Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Rondo (10 AST) 
  05:14 Perkins Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Jamison Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  05:14
[CLE 64-85]
 
  05:14 Perkins Substitution replaced by Davis 
Jamison Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  05:14
[CLE 65-85]
 
Williams Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  05:02  
  05:02
[BOS 86-65]
Davis Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS) 
  05:02
[BOS 87-65]
Davis Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS) 
James 3pt Shot: Missed  04:38  
Jamison Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  04:37  
Jamison Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS)  04:35
[CLE 67-87]
 
  04:21 Allen Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Jamison (1 ST) 
Jamison 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: James (6 AST)  04:15
[CLE 70-87]
 
Jamison Foul : Shooting (4 PF)  03:51  
Parker Substitution replaced by West  03:51  
  03:51
[BOS 88-70]
Garnett Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Jamison Substitution replaced by Ilgauskas  03:51  
  03:51
[BOS 89-70]
Garnett Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS) 
James Driving Layup Shot: Made (17 PTS)  03:40
[CLE 72-89]
 
  03:19 Allen Turnover : Traveling (2 TO) 
  03:19 Garnett Substitution replaced by Wallace 
James Jump Shot: Missed  03:10  
  03:09 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  02:58 Wallace Turnaround Fade Away shot: Missed 
Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  02:58  
Williams Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Allen (2 ST)  02:43  
  02:35
[BOS 92-72]
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (27 PTS) Assist: Rondo (11 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:31  
Ilgauskas Jump Shot: Missed  02:21  
  02:20 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  02:11
[BOS 94-72]
Wallace Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Allen (1 AST) 
James Driving Layup Shot: Made (19 PTS)  01:58
[CLE 74-94]
 
  01:58 Wallace Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
James Free Throw 1 of 1 (20 PTS)  01:58
[CLE 75-94]
 
  01:37
[BOS 96-75]
Davis Running Hook Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Wallace (1 AST) 
  01:20 Davis Foul : Defense 3 Second (1 PF) 
Williams Free Throw Technical (16 PTS)  01:20
[CLE 76-96]
 
James Jump Shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: Williams (3 AST)  01:11
[CLE 78-96]
 
  00:51.9 Davis Layup Shot: Missed Block: Ilgauskas (1 BLK) 
Ilgauskas Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:50.8  
  00:49.9 Davis Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
  00:49.9 Wallace Technical 
Williams Free Throw Technical (17 PTS)  00:49.9
[CLE 79-96]
 
  00:49.9 Wallace Substitution replaced by Williams 
Ilgauskas Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS)  00:49.9
[CLE 80-96]
 
Ilgauskas Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS)  00:49.9
[CLE 81-96]
 
  00:34.9 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
Ilgauskas Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  00:33.9  
Hickson Layup Shot: Missed Block: Davis (1 BLK)  00:19.9  
Team Rebound  00:18.6  
West Layup Shot: Missed  00:14.9  
  00:12.9 Davis Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  00:06.7
[BOS 98-81]
Allen Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Rondo (12 AST) 
James Turnover : Traveling (3 TO)  00:01.0  
End of 3rd Quarter
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Start of 4th QuarterBack to Top
  11:40 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
Jamison Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  11:39  
Jamison 3pt Shot: Missed  11:25  
  11:24 Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:04 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
Jamison Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  11:03  
Ilgauskas Jump Shot: Missed  10:45  
  10:44 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  10:34 Rondo Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
  10:34 Williams Substitution replaced by Garnett 
  10:21 Davis Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
West Jump Shot: Missed  10:15  
  10:14 Garnett Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  10:01 Pierce Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  09:59  
  09:54 Finley Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (23 PTS)  09:54
[CLE 82-98]
 
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (24 PTS)  09:54
[CLE 83-98]
 
  09:35 Garnett Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  09:34  
  09:24 Garnett Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (25 PTS)  09:24
[CLE 84-98]
 
  09:24 Finley Substitution replaced by Allen 
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (26 PTS)  09:24
[CLE 85-98]
 
Parker Foul : Personal (2 PF)  09:11  
Ilgauskas Foul : Personal (4 PF)  09:02  
James Technical  09:02  
  09:02 Davis Substitution replaced by Perkins 
  09:02
[BOS 99-85]
Allen Free Throw Technical (28 PTS) 
  08:55 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
Jamison Rebound (Off:1 Def:7)  08:53  
James 3pt Shot: Missed  08:45  
  08:43 Team Rebound 
  08:43 Timeout : Official 
  08:22 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
Jamison Rebound (Off:1 Def:8)  08:21  
Ilgauskas Jump Shot: Missed  08:07  
  08:06 Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:8) 
  07:53 Perkins Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Ilgauskas (1 ST) 
James Dunk Shot: Made (28 PTS)  07:48
[CLE 87-99]
 
  07:26
[BOS 101-87]
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Rondo (13 AST) 
Parker Running Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: West (3 AST)  07:02
[CLE 89-101]
 
  06:40 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
Ilgauskas Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  06:39  
West Jump Shot: Missed  06:28  
James Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  06:27  
James Putback Layup Shot: Made (30 PTS)  06:26
[CLE 91-101]
 
  06:07 Perkins Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Parker (1 ST) 
James Layup Shot: Made (32 PTS)  06:01
[CLE 93-101]
 
  05:54 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:40 Garnett Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Jamison Rebound (Off:1 Def:9)  05:39  
Jamison 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: James (7 AST)  05:29
[CLE 96-101]
 
  05:10 Pierce Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:James (1 ST) 
Jump Ball Garnett vs Ilgauskas (Rondo gains possession)  05:08  
Ilgauskas Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Garnett (1 ST)  05:08  
Ilgauskas Foul : Shooting (5 PF)  04:59  
  04:59
[BOS 102-96]
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS) 
  04:59
[BOS 103-96]
Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS) 
James Driving Layup Shot: Made (34 PTS)  04:52
[CLE 98-103]
 
  04:31 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  04:30  
James 3pt Shot: Missed  04:14  
Parker Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  04:13  
  04:11 Pierce Foul : Shooting (5 PF) 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  04:11  
Team Rebound  04:11  
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (35 PTS)  04:11
[CLE 99-103]
 
  03:47 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Team Timeout : Regular  03:47  
James Layup Shot: Made (37 PTS)  03:33
[CLE 101-103]
 
  03:16 Rondo Layup Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  03:15  
  03:14 Rondo Technical 
James Free Throw Technical (38 PTS)  03:14
[CLE 102-103]
 
Parker Fade Away Bank shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: James (8 AST)  02:58
[CLE 104-103]
 
  02:38 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:38 Team Rebound 
Ilgauskas Foul : Loose Ball (6 PF)  02:38  
Ilgauskas Substitution replaced by Hickson  02:38  
  02:29 Rondo Layup Shot: Missed Block: Jamison (1 BLK) 
Hickson Rebound (Off:3 Def:7)  02:27  
James Jump Shot: Missed  02:17  
  02:16 Garnett Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 
Jamison Foul : Shooting (5 PF)  02:03  
  02:03
[BOS 104-104]
Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 (29 PTS) 
  02:03
[BOS 105-104]
Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 (30 PTS) 
Hickson Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: James (9 AST)  01:51
[CLE 106-105]
 
  01:38 Hickson Violation:Defensive Goaltending 
  01:38
[BOS 107-106]
Rondo Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Garnett (3 AST) 
James Driving Layup Shot: Made (40 PTS)  01:31
[CLE 108-107]
 
Hickson Foul : Personal (1 PF)  01:25  
  01:25
[BOS 108-108]
Garnett Free Throw 1 of 2 (16 PTS) 
  01:25 Perkins Substitution replaced by Allen 
  01:25
[BOS 109-108]
Garnett Free Throw 2 of 2 (17 PTS) 
Jamison Floating Jump shot: Missed  01:12  
  01:11 Allen Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  00:47.9
[BOS 112-108]
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (33 PTS) Assist: Pierce (5 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  00:47.5  
Allen Violation:Defensive Goaltending  00:35.2  
Parker 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS)  00:35.2
[CLE 111-112]
 
  00:21.6
[BOS 114-111]
Allen Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Rondo (14 AST) 
  00:16.0 Allen Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  00:16.0  
Team Rebound  00:16.0  
  00:16.0 Allen Substitution replaced by Perkins 
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (41 PTS)  00:16.0
[CLE 112-114]
 
  00:16.0 Team Timeout : Regular 
Jamison Substitution replaced by Moon  00:16.0  
  00:16.0 Perkins Substitution replaced by Finley 
Moon Foul : Personal (2 PF)  00:13.8  
  00:13.8 Finley Substitution replaced by Allen 
Moon Substitution replaced by Jamison  00:13.8  
  00:13.8
[BOS 115-112]
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 (16 PTS) 
  00:13.8 Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Hickson Rebound (Off:3 Def:8)  00:13.8  
Team Timeout : Short  00:12.7  
  00:12.7 Pierce Substitution replaced by Finley 
  00:11.5 Allen Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
  00:11.5 Allen Substitution replaced by Perkins 
Jamison Substitution replaced by Moon  00:11.5  
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (42 PTS)  00:11.5
[CLE 113-115]
 
  00:11.5 Finley Substitution replaced by Pierce 
James Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  00:11.5  
  00:11.3 Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:9) 
Hickson Foul : Personal (2 PF)  00:10.7  
  00:10.7 Perkins Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  00:10.7 Team Rebound 
  00:10.7 Pierce Substitution replaced by Allen 
Moon Substitution replaced by Jamison  00:10.7  
  00:10.7 Perkins Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
James Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  00:10.7  
James 3pt Shot: Missed  00:04.9  
  00:03.2 Team Rebound 
  00:03.2 Perkins Substitution replaced by Pierce 
  00:03.2 Allen Substitution replaced by Finley 
Jamison Substitution replaced by Moon  00:03.2  
  00:03.2 Team Timeout : Short 
Parker Foul : Personal (3 PF)  00:02.7  
  00:02.7 Finley Substitution replaced by Allen 
  00:02.7
[BOS 116-113]
Garnett Free Throw 1 of 2 (18 PTS) 
  00:02.7
[BOS 117-113]
Garnett Free Throw 2 of 2 (19 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Short  00:02.7  
Moon Substitution replaced by Jamison  00:02.7  
James 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.0  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 4th Quarter
broadcast information
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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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