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Rondo's triple-double helps Celtics even series at 2-2


By Couper Moorhead, for NBA.com
Posted Sunday May 9, 2010 9:03PM

BOSTON (NBA.com exclusive) -- Just as everyone was getting ready to write off the Boston Celtics and, effectively, the Big Three era following Boston's worst home playoff loss in franchise history in Game 3, a transcendent performance from Rajon Rondo changed everything.

Now, with Boston's 97-87 win in Game 4, the second-round series is tied 2-2 with two games to play in Cleveland. It's certainly not Boston's dream situation, but it's infinitely more manageable than the death knell of a 3-1 deficit.

"Nobody wants to be a part of history from a losing effort," Tony Allen said. "Everybody was looking at film yesterday and was down on themselves. Today they came out and just wanted to turn that negative energy that we had last game into something big today."

Rondo was more than big, deserving of every superlative that will be lavished upon him. His 29 points, 13 assists and 18 rebounds all came within the flow of the game that he dominated, and it's just the third time in league history those numbers have appeared in a playoff box score.

"The best way for us as a team to start a fast break is when I rebound," Rondo said. "I had a mind set to just try to help the bigs on the boards. I just try to get as many as possible."

What's been true for Boston all season is that no matter how well Rondo is playing, no matter how well he is scoring against a defense basically begging him to shoot a jumper, the Celtics need someone else to provide fourth-quarter scoring.

They got it from unlikely sources.

"[Rondo's] a good player so you have to give credit where credit is due, but one player can't beat us," Mo Williams said.

Out of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, the Celtics got four points on eight shots in the fourth quarter. Out of Tony Allen and Glen Davis? Make that 11 points on five shots, all of them layups.

"Individually, Cleveland's pretty good," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "We're not going to win that match. But collectively, as a team, we have a shot. We have a chance. And we have to stay that way."

With the Cavaliers having recovered from a double-digit deficit to take a temporary lead in the third quarter, the Celtics appeared to be on the verge of what's become their customary second-half collapse. The game was slowing down, the Celtics had various components in foul trouble and the crowd was anxious.

Then, Tony Allen and Davis joined Rondo in the three-pronged fast break, each of them passing in transition, running the wings, avoiding LeBron James' expected chasedown blocks and scoring, scoring, scoring. Less than four minutes into the final quarter, the Celtics were back up by 12.

"They may be one of the older teams but Rondo is one of the youngest players in the playoffs," James said. "It doesn't matter if those guys are running with him, he's getting the ball up the floor."

Cleveland would crawl back within two one final time, but some questionable decisions by James in the final minutes -- like passing up an isolation at the top of the key with Garnett defending for an Anderson Varejao 17-footer -- and timely offensive rebounds from Rondo sealed the deal.

Most concerning for Cleveland was that Boston -- granted, they were the team up against a wall on its home court -- made nearly every single hustle play available to them. The Celtics scored 23 points in transition; the Cavaliers scored seven. The Celtics scored 13 second-chance points; the Cavaliers had none at all. The Cavaliers pulled down the smallest total of offensive rebounds the Celtics have allowed all season, three, and that's with Boston being notorious for allowing extra possession to hustling, athletic teams.

"We talk about it all the time," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said. "The most aggressive team is going to win.

"There is no explanation for it," he added. "We talk about it, we preach it, our guys even talk about it and preach it. Now we've just got to go out and do it. We can't afford to play a half on the road against a team like this."

And yet, despite the hustle, the energy, Rondo, Tony Allen, Davis and the best crowd TD Garden has had all season, the Cavaliers still had a chance to win. Maybe that's the lesson, that Cleveland's better, in the end, is better than Boston's best, and the series will come down to the inconsistencies of one team trumping those of another.

But tonight, that's not important. What is important is that the Celtics, so vulnerable throughout the regular season, did not go quietly. And when it's best of three, anything goes.

"It was a collective team effort," Rondo said. "I had a couple of numbers tonight but the biggest thing is that we got the win. That's the bottom line."

Cavaliers
Celtics
     
    • 40.3%

    • 44.7%

    • 19.0%

    • 7.1%

    • 74.4%

    • 70.0%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
CLE BOS
Total Rebounds 11 13
Offensive Rebounds 3 9
Turnovers 17 12
Fast Break Pts: 7 23
Biggest Lead: 7 12
Points in the Paint: 40 50
CLE BOS
p James   22 Rondo   29
rb James   9 Rondo   18
a James   8 Rondo   13
s 2 players   2 3 players   2
b O'Neal   2 Perkins   4
 
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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 43:14 7-18 0-5 8-11 -10 1 8 9 8 4 2 7 1 3 22
A. Jamison F 36:31 6-12 0-3 2-2 +3 0 6 6 3 4 0 0 1 0 14
S. O'Neal C 27:58 5-9 0-0 7-11 +1 0 5 5 0 5 0 3 2 1 17
A. Parker G 42:01 3-7 2-5 2-2 -9 0 3 3 2 3 2 1 0 0 10
M. Williams G 35:58 3-9 2-5 5-7 +9 0 3 3 4 4 0 3 0 1 13
D. West   19:58 0-7 0-3 3-3 -18 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 0 3 3
A. Varejao   25:09 3-4 0-0 2-3 -9 1 2 3 1 3 1 1 1 0 8
J. Hickson   05:23 0-1 0-0 0-0 -11 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
J. Moon   02:58 0-0 0-0 0-0 -5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
L. Powe   00:49 0-0 0-0 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Gibson DNP - Coach's Decision
Z. Ilgauskas DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 27-67 4-21 29-39   3 30 33 19 27 6 17 5 8 87
  40.3% 19.0% 74.4%   team rebs: 11 total to: 17
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 31:16 3-8 0-2 3-3 +10 1 1 2 2 5 1 2 0 0 9
K. Garnett F 33:23 6-11 0-1 6-6 +3 2 4 6 2 5 1 0 0 0 18
K. Perkins C 23:43 0-2 0-0 0-0 -7 0 6 6 0 5 0 1 4 2 0
R. Allen G 37:54 8-21 1-8 1-1 -12 0 2 2 1 6 1 1 0 2 18
R. Rondo G 46:48 9-21 0-1 11-16 +14 4 14 18 13 2 2 4 0 1 29
R. Wallace   19:32 0-3 0-1 3-4 +12 0 3 3 0 4 2 0 2 0 3
T. Allen   25:39 6-7 0-1 3-6 +14 1 4 5 1 3 2 2 1 0 15
G. Davis   18:55 2-3 0-0 1-4 +9 1 2 3 0 1 1 2 1 0 5
M. Finley   02:50 0-0 0-0 0-0 +7 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Daniels DNP - Coach's Decision
N. Robinson DNP - Coach's Decision
S. Williams DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 34-76 1-14 28-40   9 38 47 19 31 10 12 8 5 97
  44.7% 7.1% 70.0%   team rebs: 13 total to: 12

inactive

  • Cavaliers: Green, Telfair, Williams
  • Celtics: Gaffney, Lafayette, Scalabrine

technical fouls

  • Cavaliers: --
  • Celtics: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 3
  • Times Tied: 6

arena stats

  • Arena: TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • Officials: #14 Joe DeRosa, #24 Mike Callahan, #38 Michael Smith
  • Attendance: 18624
  • Duration: 2:54
Cleveland Cavaliers (61-22) Boston Celtics (51-32)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Perkins vs O'Neal (Williams gains possession)
O'Neal Jump Shot: Missed Block: Perkins (1 BLK)  11:40  
  11:39 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:21 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:20  
O'Neal Turnover : 3 Second Violation (1 TO)  11:06  
  10:54 Garnett Turnaround Fade Away shot: Missed 
O'Neal Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:53  
Jamison Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: James (1 AST)  10:41
[CLE 2-0]
 
Williams Foul : Personal (1 PF)  10:30  
  10:22 Allen Jump Shot: Missed 
Jamison Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:21  
O'Neal Slam Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Jamison (1 AST)  10:06
[CLE 4-0]
 
  10:06 Perkins Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
O'Neal Free Throw 1 of 1 (3 PTS)  10:06
[CLE 5-0]
 
  09:58 Pierce Foul : Offensive (1 PF) 
  09:58 Pierce Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
James Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  09:47
[CLE 7-0]
 
  09:41 Team Timeout : Short 
  09:31
[BOS 2-7]
Allen Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rondo (1 AST) 
  09:21 Rondo Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Jamison Driving Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Williams (1 AST)  09:11
[CLE 9-2]
 
O'Neal Foul : Defense 3 Second (0 PF)  08:55  
  08:55
[BOS 3-9]
Allen Free Throw Technical (3 PTS) 
  08:46
[BOS 5-9]
Rondo Floating Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Allen (1 AST) 
Parker 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: James (2 AST)  08:33
[CLE 12-5]
 
  08:19
[BOS 7-12]
Rondo Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
O'Neal Layup Shot: Missed  08:11  
  08:10 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:57 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:56  
Williams Jump Shot: Missed  07:49  
  07:47 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Jamison Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  07:33  
  07:33
[BOS 8-12]
Garnett Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  07:33
[BOS 9-12]
Garnett Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
O'Neal Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Rondo (1 ST)  07:17  
  07:11 Rondo Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Jamison 3pt Shot: Missed  07:03  
  07:02 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  06:52
[BOS 11-12]
Allen Running Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Rondo (2 AST) 
Williams Jump Shot: Missed Block: Perkins (2 BLK)  06:34  
  06:32 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  06:25 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
  06:24 Pierce Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  06:23
[BOS 13-12]
Pierce Putback Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Williams Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  06:23  
Williams Substitution replaced by West  06:23  
  06:23
[BOS 14-12]
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 1 (3 PTS) 
  06:15 Perkins Foul : Defense 3 Second (1 PF) 
James Free Throw Technical (3 PTS)  06:15
[CLE 13-14]
 
James 3pt Shot: Missed  06:04  
  06:04 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  05:54 Rondo Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  05:54  
  05:54 Perkins Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF) 
  05:54 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:54 Perkins Substitution replaced by Wallace 
  05:41 Pierce Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
  05:41 Pierce Substitution replaced by Allen 
  05:29 Wallace Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
O'Neal Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  05:29  
Team Rebound  05:29  
O'Neal Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  05:29
[CLE 14-14]
 
  05:13
[BOS 16-14]
Garnett Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Rondo (3 AST) 
Parker Step Back Jump shot: Made (5 PTS)  04:56
[CLE 16-16]
 
  04:39
[BOS 18-16]
Rondo Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
  04:25 Wallace Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
O'Neal Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  04:25  
Team Rebound  04:25  
O'Neal Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS)  04:25
[CLE 17-18]
 
  04:00 Rondo Jump Shot: Missed 
  03:59 Allen Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
Jamison Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  03:56  
Jamison Substitution replaced by Varejao  03:56  
  03:56
[BOS 19-17]
Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  03:56
[BOS 20-17]
Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Parker Jump Shot: Missed  03:39  
Varejao Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  03:38  
West 3pt Shot: Missed  03:34  
  03:33 Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:28 Rondo Layup Shot: Missed 
  03:27 Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  03:26
[BOS 22-17]
Garnett Putback Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
  03:02 Garnett Substitution replaced by Davis 
O'Neal Substitution replaced by Hickson  03:02  
James 3pt Shot: Missed  02:56  
  02:55 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  02:50
[BOS 24-17]
Rondo Driving Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:49  
Parker Substitution replaced by Moon  02:49  
  02:25 Allen Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS)  02:25
[CLE 18-24]
 
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS)  02:25
[CLE 19-24]
 
  02:01 Davis Jump Shot: Missed 
Moon Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  02:00  
James Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Allen (1 ST)  01:45  
Hickson Foul : Personal (1 PF)  01:43  
  01:43 Rondo Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:43 Team Rebound 
  01:43
[BOS 25-19]
Rondo Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
James Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: West (1 AST)  01:29
[CLE 21-25]
 
  01:22
[BOS 27-21]
Allen Driving Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Hickson Jump Shot: Missed  01:07  
  01:06 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  01:04 Allen Substitution replaced by Finley 
Hickson Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  00:49.2  
  00:49.2
[BOS 28-21]
Wallace Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
Hickson Substitution replaced by Powe  00:49.2  
  00:49.2
[BOS 29-21]
Wallace Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
  00:34.0 Wallace Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  00:34.0  
Team Rebound  00:34.0  
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  00:34.0
[CLE 22-29]
 
  00:27.1
[BOS 31-22]
Rondo Step Back Jump shot: Made (11 PTS) 
West Layup Shot: Missed Block: Allen (1 BLK)  00:07.2  
Team Rebound  00:07.2  
James Jump Shot: Missed  00:01.9  
  00:01.4 Davis Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
End of 1st Quarter
Cleveland Cavaliers (61-22) Boston Celtics (51-32)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
  11:46
[BOS 33-22]
Allen Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Rondo (4 AST) 
O'Neal Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Varejao (1 AST)  11:22
[CLE 24-33]
 
  10:55 Rondo Jump Shot: Missed 
West Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:53  
West 3pt Shot: Missed  10:46  
  10:45 Finley Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
West Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  10:41  
  10:41 Finley Substitution replaced by Pierce 
  10:41 Rondo Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  10:41 Team Rebound 
  10:41
[BOS 34-24]
Rondo Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Varejao Foul : Offensive (1 PF)  10:29  
Varejao Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  10:29  
O'Neal Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  10:16  
  10:16 Rondo Substitution replaced by Allen 
  10:16 Davis Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  10:16 Team Rebound 
  10:16 Davis Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Varejao Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  10:16  
West Jump Shot: Missed  09:53  
West Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  09:52  
  09:51 Wallace Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
  09:51 Wallace Substitution replaced by Perkins 
O'Neal Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  09:40  
  09:40 Perkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:31 Pierce Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:West (1 ST) 
  09:27 Allen Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Parker Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS)  09:27
[CLE 25-34]
 
Parker Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS)  09:27
[CLE 26-34]
 
  09:11 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  09:10  
  09:04 Davis Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
  09:04 Allen Substitution replaced by Rondo 
  09:04 Davis Substitution replaced by Garnett 
O'Neal Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS)  09:04
[CLE 27-34]
 
O'Neal Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS)  09:04
[CLE 28-34]
 
  08:55 Rondo Layup Shot: Missed Block: O'Neal (1 BLK) 
O'Neal Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  08:54  
Williams 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Parker (1 AST)  08:40
[CLE 31-34]
 
  08:29 Team Timeout : Regular 
  08:21
[BOS 36-31]
Garnett Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Pierce (1 AST) 
O'Neal Hook Shot: Missed  08:03  
  08:02 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  07:55
[BOS 39-31]
Allen 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Rondo (5 AST) 
  07:44 Garnett Foul : Defense 3 Second (0 PF) 
Williams Free Throw Technical (4 PTS)  07:44
[CLE 32-39]
 
Varejao Substitution replaced by Jamison  07:44  
Williams Substitution replaced by James  07:44  
Jamison Layup Shot: Missed  07:28  
  07:26 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  07:22 Rondo Layup Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:21  
Jamison Layup Shot: Missed  07:15  
  07:13 Pierce Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  07:07
[BOS 41-32]
Allen Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Garnett (1 AST) 
Instant Replay - Overturn Ruling  07:07  
Team Timeout : Regular  06:57  
West Layup Shot: Missed Block: Perkins (3 BLK)  06:42  
  06:41 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:7) 
James Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  06:38  
West Substitution replaced by Williams  06:38  
  06:38 Rondo Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  06:38 Team Rebound 
  06:38
[BOS 42-32]
Rondo Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS) 
O'Neal Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS)  06:13
[CLE 34-42]
 
  05:52 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
Jamison Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  05:51  
James Layup Shot: Missed Block: Perkins (4 BLK)  05:41  
James Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  05:40  
  05:40 Garnett Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
James Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  05:24  
O'Neal Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  05:15  
  05:15
[BOS 43-34]
Rondo Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS) 
  05:15
[BOS 44-34]
Rondo Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS) 
  05:04 Allen Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS)  05:04
[CLE 35-44]
 
James Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  05:04  
  05:04 Perkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Parker Foul : Personal (1 PF)  04:55  
  04:55 Rondo Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  04:55 Team Rebound 
  04:55
[BOS 45-35]
Rondo Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS) 
Jamison Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: James (3 AST)  04:40
[CLE 37-45]
 
  04:34
[BOS 47-37]
Garnett Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Rondo (6 AST) 
James Driving Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS)  04:18
[CLE 39-47]
 
  04:18 Perkins Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
  04:18 Perkins Substitution replaced by Davis 
James Free Throw 1 of 1 (12 PTS)  04:18
[CLE 40-47]
 
  03:58 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  03:57  
  03:50 Allen Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Williams Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  03:50
[CLE 41-47]
 
Williams Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  03:50
[CLE 42-47]
 
  03:34 Allen Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Parker (1 ST) 
James Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO)  03:29  
  03:16
[BOS 49-42]
Rondo Running Jump Shot: Made (18 PTS) 
  02:58 Garnett Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Timeout : Official  02:58  
O'Neal Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  02:58  
Team Rebound  02:58  
O'Neal Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  02:58  
  02:58 Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  02:35
[BOS 51-42]
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Rondo (7 AST) 
Jamison Running Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Williams (2 AST)  02:22
[CLE 44-51]
 
  02:06 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  02:05  
Williams 3pt Shot: Missed  01:54  
  01:52 Team Rebound 
O'Neal Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  01:29  
O'Neal Substitution replaced by Varejao  01:29  
Williams Substitution replaced by West  01:29  
  01:29 Davis Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:29 Team Rebound 
  01:29
[BOS 52-44]
Davis Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS) 
James Jump Shot: Missed Block: Davis (1 BLK)  01:10  
  01:08 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:8) 
  01:05 Rondo Layup Shot: Missed 
  01:04 Davis Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  01:00 Davis Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:James (1 ST) 
  00:55.4 Allen Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
  00:55.4 Allen Substitution replaced by Allen 
Jamison Substitution replaced by Hickson  00:55.4  
James Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  00:55.4  
Team Rebound  00:55.4  
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS)  00:55.4
[CLE 45-52]
 
  00:38.9
[BOS 54-45]
Pierce Pullup Jump shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Parker 3pt Shot: Missed  00:23.8  
  00:22.4 Allen Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
End of 2nd Quarter
Cleveland Cavaliers (61-22) Boston Celtics (51-32)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
  11:35
[BOS 56-45]
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Jamison Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: James (4 AST)  11:15
[CLE 47-56]
 
  11:03 Pierce 3pt Shot: Missed 
Jamison Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  11:02  
Jamison 3pt Shot: Missed  10:52  
  10:51 Perkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
James Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  10:33  
  10:33
[BOS 57-47]
Garnett Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS) 
  10:33
[BOS 58-47]
Garnett Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS) 
  10:14 Pierce Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
Jamison Driving Dunk Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: James (5 AST)  10:08
[CLE 49-58]
 
  09:54 Allen Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  09:53  
O'Neal Turnover : Traveling (3 TO)  09:45  
  09:33 Rondo Jump Shot: Missed 
O'Neal Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  09:32  
Perkins Violation:Kicked Ball  09:24  
James Running Bank shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Williams (3 AST)  09:15
[CLE 51-58]
 
Jamison Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  08:55  
  08:55
[BOS 59-51]
Garnett Free Throw 1 of 2 (17 PTS) 
  08:55
[BOS 60-51]
Garnett Free Throw 2 of 2 (18 PTS) 
  08:41 Pierce Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
O'Neal Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS)  08:41
[CLE 52-60]
 
  08:41 Pierce Substitution replaced by Allen 
O'Neal Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS)  08:41
[CLE 53-60]
 
  08:27 Allen Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO) 
Parker 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Jamison (2 AST)  08:14
[CLE 56-60]
 
  07:58
[BOS 62-56]
Allen Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Rondo (8 AST) 
O'Neal Slam Dunk Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Williams (4 AST)  07:47
[CLE 58-62]
 
  07:28
[BOS 64-58]
Allen Running Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) 
Rondo Violation:Kicked Ball  07:18  
James 3pt Shot: Missed  07:11  
  07:10 Perkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  06:53 Perkins Layup Shot: Missed Block: Jamison (1 BLK) 
Jamison Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  06:51  
O'Neal Layup Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Parker (2 AST)  06:46
[CLE 60-64]
 
  06:26 Allen Foul : Offensive (3 PF) 
  06:26 Allen Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Williams Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  06:17  
  05:55 Rondo Layup Shot: Missed 
O'Neal Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  05:54  
Parker Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Rondo (2 ST)  05:36  
Parker Foul : Personal (2 PF)  05:35  
  05:35 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:14 Perkins Jump Shot: Missed Block: O'Neal (2 BLK) 
  05:13 Team Rebound 
  05:10 Garnett 3pt Shot: Missed 
  05:09 Rondo Rebound (Off:1 Def:8) 
  04:54 Rondo Layup Shot: Missed 
O'Neal Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  04:53  
James Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (17 PTS)  04:41
[CLE 62-64]
 
O'Neal Foul : Personal (4 PF)  04:20  
  04:20 Perkins Substitution replaced by Wallace 
O'Neal Substitution replaced by Varejao  04:20  
  04:12
[BOS 66-62]
Allen Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) 
Williams 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS)  04:01
[CLE 65-66]
 
  03:44 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
  03:43 Rondo Rebound (Off:2 Def:8) 
  03:40 Allen Layup Shot: Missed Block: James (1 BLK) 
  03:40 Team Rebound 
Parker Substitution replaced by West  03:40  
  03:29 Allen Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  03:28  
Jump Ball Garnett vs Varejao (Wallace gains possession)  03:25  
James Turnover : Lost Ball (4 TO) Steal:Garnett (1 ST)  03:25  
  03:13 Wallace Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  03:12  
James Turnover : Bad Pass (5 TO) Steal:Wallace (1 ST)  03:02  
West Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  02:54  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:54  
  02:54 Garnett Substitution replaced by Davis 
  02:54
[BOS 67-65]
Rondo Free Throw 1 of 2 (19 PTS) 
  02:54 Rondo Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Varejao Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  02:54  
Varejao Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: James (6 AST)  02:41
[CLE 67-67]
 
  02:18 Wallace 3pt Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:1 Def:7)  02:17  
Williams 3pt Shot: Missed  02:07  
  02:06 Allen Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
James Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  01:56  
  01:56
[BOS 68-67]
Rondo Free Throw 1 of 2 (20 PTS) 
  01:56
[BOS 69-67]
Rondo Free Throw 2 of 2 (21 PTS) 
  01:41 Allen Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Instant Replay - Support Ruling  01:41  
West Free Throw 1 of 3 (1 PTS)  01:41
[CLE 68-69]
 
  01:41 Allen Substitution replaced by Pierce 
West Free Throw 2 of 3 (2 PTS)  01:41
[CLE 69-69]
 
West Free Throw 3 of 3 (3 PTS)  01:41
[CLE 70-69]
 
Varejao Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  01:28  
  01:28
[BOS 70-70]
Wallace Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  01:28 Wallace Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Jamison Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  01:28  
James Turnover : Bad Pass (6 TO) Steal:Davis (1 ST)  01:12  
  01:07
[BOS 72-70]
Allen Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Rondo (9 AST) 
West 3pt Shot: Missed  00:42.9  
  00:41.9 Rondo Rebound (Off:2 Def:9) 
  00:31.9 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  00:29.6  
  00:29.6 Rondo Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF) 
Jamison Free Throw 1 of 2 (13 PTS)  00:29.6
[CLE 71-72]
 
James Substitution replaced by Parker  00:29.6  
Jamison Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS)  00:29.6
[CLE 72-72]
 
  00:10.9
[BOS 74-72]
Allen Reverse Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Rondo (10 AST) 
Williams 3pt Shot: Missed  00:02.9  
  00:01.9 Allen Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  00:00.0 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 3rd Quarter
Cleveland Cavaliers (61-22) Boston Celtics (51-32)
Start of 4th QuarterBack to Top
West Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Allen (2 ST)  11:42  
  11:38
[BOS 76-72]
Rondo Layup Shot: Made (23 PTS) Assist: Allen (1 AST) 
James 3pt Shot: Missed  11:11  
  11:11 Team Rebound 
O'Neal Foul : Loose Ball (5 PF)  11:11  
O'Neal Substitution replaced by Hickson  11:11  
  10:46 Rondo 3pt Shot: Missed 
Hickson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:45  
Parker 3pt Shot: Missed  10:20  
  10:19 Rondo Rebound (Off:2 Def:10) 
  10:16 Rondo Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) 
Hickson Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Wallace (2 ST)  09:56  
  09:50
[BOS 78-72]
Davis Layup Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Rondo (11 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  09:48  
Varejao Substitution replaced by Jamison  09:48  
James Layup Shot: Missed Block: Wallace (1 BLK)  09:36  
  09:33 Davis Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  09:21
[BOS 80-72]
Allen Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
West Layup Shot: Missed Block: Wallace (2 BLK)  09:05  
  09:03 Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:57
[BOS 82-72]
Davis Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Rondo (12 AST) 
Team Timeout : Short  08:56  
West Substitution replaced by Williams  08:56  
Hickson Substitution replaced by Varejao  08:56  
James Turnover : Lost Ball (7 TO) Steal:Pierce (1 ST)  08:44  
  08:40
[BOS 84-72]
Allen Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Pierce (2 AST) 
Williams Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (2 TO)  08:26  
  08:06 Pierce 3pt Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  08:05  
Jamison 3pt Shot: Missed  07:53  
  07:52 Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
Parker Foul : Personal (3 PF)  07:52  
  07:52 Allen Substitution replaced by Allen 
  07:28 Davis Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:James (2 ST) 
Williams Floating Jump shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: James (7 AST)  07:15
[CLE 74-84]
 
  06:50
[BOS 86-74]
Rondo Pullup Jump shot: Made (25 PTS) 
Varejao Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Jamison (3 AST)  06:33
[CLE 76-86]
 
  06:21 Rondo Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Parker (2 ST) 
James Layup Shot: Made (19 PTS)  06:17
[CLE 78-86]
 
  06:15 Team Timeout : Regular 
  06:15 Davis Substitution replaced by Garnett 
  05:57 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  05:56  
James Layup Shot: Made (21 PTS)  05:37
[CLE 80-86]
 
  05:37 Pierce Foul : Shooting (5 PF) 
  05:37 Pierce Substitution replaced by Allen 
James Free Throw 1 of 1 (22 PTS)  05:37
[CLE 81-86]
 
  05:20 Wallace Jump Shot: Missed 
Jamison Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  05:18  
James Layup Shot: Missed  05:00  
  04:59 Rondo Rebound (Off:2 Def:11) 
Williams Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  04:51  
  04:51 Wallace Substitution replaced by Perkins 
  04:51 Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  04:51 Team Rebound 
  04:51 Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  04:51  
Varejao Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: James (8 AST)  04:34
[CLE 83-86]
 
  04:34 Allen Foul : Shooting (5 PF) 
Varejao Free Throw 1 of 1 (7 PTS)  04:34
[CLE 84-86]
 
  04:23 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
  04:22 Garnett Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  04:02
[BOS 88-84]
Allen Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Garnett (2 AST) 
  03:52 Garnett Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
Jamison Jump Shot: Missed  03:46  
  03:45 Rondo Rebound (Off:2 Def:12) 
  03:38 Rondo Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  03:38  
  03:38 Perkins Foul : Loose Ball (4 PF) 
Varejao Jump Shot: Missed  03:17  
  03:16 Rondo Rebound (Off:2 Def:13) 
  02:54 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
  02:53 Team Rebound 
Jamison Foul : Loose Ball (4 PF)  02:53  
  02:53 Timeout : Official 
  02:53 Allen Substitution replaced by Pierce 
  02:43 Rondo Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Varejao (1 ST) 
  02:43 Garnett Foul : Loose Ball (4 PF) 
Varejao Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS)  02:43
[CLE 85-88]
 
Varejao Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  02:43  
  02:42 Perkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  02:26 Allen Layup Shot: Missed Block: Varejao (1 BLK) 
  02:24 Rondo Rebound (Off:3 Def:13) 
  02:21
[BOS 90-85]
Pierce Driving Dunk Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Rondo (13 AST) 
Williams Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Allen (1 ST)  01:55  
  01:36 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:35 Rondo Rebound (Off:4 Def:13) 
  01:34
[BOS 92-85]
Rondo Putback Layup Shot: Made (27 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  01:34  
James Jump Shot: Missed  01:28  
  01:28 Garnett Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
Varejao Foul : Personal (3 PF)  01:23  
  01:23
[BOS 93-85]
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS) 
  01:23
[BOS 94-85]
Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Parker 3pt Shot: Missed  01:16  
  01:16 Perkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  01:08 Perkins Foul : Offensive (5 PF) 
  01:08 Perkins Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
James 3pt Shot: Missed  01:05  
  01:03 Rondo Rebound (Off:4 Def:14) 
  00:40.8 Allen Jump Shot: Missed 
Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  00:39.6  
  00:33.3 Allen Foul : Shooting (6 PF) 
  00:33.3 Allen Substitution replaced by Allen 
Jamison Substitution replaced by Moon  00:33.3  
Williams Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS)  00:33.3
[CLE 86-94]
 
  00:33.3 Perkins Substitution replaced by Finley 
Williams Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS)  00:33.3
[CLE 87-94]
 
James Foul : Personal (4 PF)  00:26.5  
  00:26.5 Finley Substitution replaced by Perkins 
Moon Substitution replaced by Jamison  00:26.5  
  00:26.5
[BOS 95-87]
Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS) 
  00:26.5 Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
James Rebound (Off:1 Def:8)  00:26.4  
  00:20.5 Garnett Foul : Personal (5 PF) 
Williams Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  00:20.5  
Team Rebound  00:20.5  
  00:20.5 Perkins Substitution replaced by Finley 
Jamison Substitution replaced by Moon  00:20.5  
Williams Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  00:20.5  
  00:19.9 Finley Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Williams Foul : Personal (4 PF)  00:17.8  
Moon Substitution replaced by Jamison  00:17.8  
  00:17.8
[BOS 96-87]
Rondo Free Throw 1 of 2 (28 PTS) 
  00:17.8
[BOS 97-87]
Rondo Free Throw 2 of 2 (29 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Short  00:17.8  
Williams Layup Shot: Missed  00:13.9  
  00:12.5 Allen Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
End of 4th Quarter
broadcast information
country channel time
usa ABC National 3:30 pm ET
canada TSN national 3:30 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
Cavaliers Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .485 .449
FT% .720 .752
Points 102.1 95.2
Rebounds 42.5 38.3
Assists 22.4 19.3
Steals 6.9 6.8
Blocks 5.2 5.3
3-Point % .381 .276
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Celtics Stats
  season playoffs
FG% .483 .470
FT% .746 .720
Points 99.2 100.5
Rebounds 38.6 39.8
Assists 23.5 23.0
Steals 8.5 7.7
Blocks 4.9 5.2
3-Point % .348 .316
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Composite Box Score updated through Game 6
Cleveland Cavaliers (2-4)
field goalsrebounds
  min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
Gibson, Daniel 18:40 1-5 1-4 2-2 0 1 1 1 3 0 1 0 0 5
Hickson, J.J. 56:44 11-17 0-0 7-12 0 7 7 1 6 0 5 0 2 29
Ilgauskas, Zydrunas 34:23 3-8 0-0 1-1 1 2 3 1 7 0 1 5 0 7
James, LeBron 254:43 51-114 7-26 52-70 9 47 56 43 12 13 27 8 8 161
Jamison, Antawn 199:29 27-64 3-16 14-21 9 35 44 6 20 4 9 5 5 71
Moon, Jamario 42:33 4-8 1-4 2-3 1 5 6 3 2 2 0 0 0 11
O'Neal, Shaquille 140:11 29-56 0-0 23-35 12 18 30 6 22 1 10 6 3 81
Parker, Anthony 198:42 17-34 11-21 5-6 1 14 15 7 13 7 7 2 2 50
Powe, Leon 8:42 1-4 0-0 3-4 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 0 2 5
Varejao, Anderson 128:51 11-24 0-1 15-17 11 24 35 4 19 6 6 4 3 37
West, Delonte 131:14 11-29 0-6 12-13 3 7 10 11 8 4 14 2 4 34
Williams, Jawad 1:14 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Williams, Mo 224:35 27-66 4-19 22-26 2 19 21 33 21 4 12 0 2 80
Boston Celtics (4-2)
field goalsrebounds
  min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
Allen, Ray 231:12 34-80 12-37 14-15 4 16 20 14 17 6 8 2 2 94
Allen, Tony 119:21 17-30 0-3 16-22 6 13 19 6 17 8 7 4 2 50
Daniels, Marquis 17:41 2-6 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 4
Davis, Glen 93:23 11-25 0-1 15-24 9 8 17 2 16 3 7 2 5 37
Finley, Michael 27:58 1-6 1-5 0-0 0 5 5 2 1 1 0 0 0 3
Garnett, Kevin 205:21 50-96 0-1 13-13 8 40 48 13 20 3 8 5 7 113
Perkins, Kendrick 156:30 14-22 0-0 12-22 11 31 42 4 25 1 6 14 4 40
Pierce, Paul 208:20 29-84 8-26 15-19 8 20 28 22 20 7 15 1 7 81
Robinson, Nate 16:04 3-10 2-4 3-4 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 0 1 11
Rondo, Rajon 251:20 46-85 3-9 29-44 8 30 38 71 20 11 22 0 4 124
Wallace, Rasheed 102:09 13-27 5-11 6-8 0 14 14 1 22 4 2 3 0 37
Williams, Shelden 10:43 3-3 0-0 3-4 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 9

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