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Cavs witness end of season as Celtics reach East finals


By Couper Moorhead, for NBA.com
Posted Friday May 14, 2010 12:59AM

BOSTON (NBA.com exclusive) -- Few people expected the Boston Celtics to do this. What mattered was, they expected to all along.

"I saw us in training camp," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "We looked better in training camp than we did two years ago. And then we fell apart. But you could see that everyone wanted to get back."

Was it always possible that they could knock off the team with the best record and the best player in the league? Absolutely. But the last three and a half months of the season, spent treading water and blowing double-digit leads, offered no evidence that it was probable.

It happened, though, and in offing the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games, 94-85, the Celtics don't deserve to be an aside in this series any longer. With the biggest win in Boston since Game 6 of the 2008 Finals, the Celtics were fantastic.

"They played an unbelievable series," LeBron James said.

"The regular season is a lot different than the postseason and we knew they were going to be a different team and we hoped that we were," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said. "Boston stepped up."

From Game 1, the Celtics abused any defender thrown at Kevin Garnett, and to Garnett's credit, he parked himself on the block and kept pounding away. Brown's final attempt at an adjustment was to put Shaquille O'Neal on Garnett, hypothetically in an attempt to create a mismatch on the other end.

"When they put Shaq on me, my thought process didn't change at all," Garnett said.

Twenty-two points later for Garnett and it was clear that Brown's move -- not to mention both inconsistent and questionable rotations -- was a dud.

"It was a tough matchup for us," Brown said of Garnett. "If he was not scoring, the attention that we had to pay to him allowed them to get some long rebounds or some easy layups. He did a heck of a job throughout the series."

Though the Celtics were in control throughout the second half, the Cavs gave Boston a couple of scares: the first due to consecutive pull-up threes from James, the second when Cleveland closed the lead to eight with three minutes to play. But the swing possession came when James drove to the hoop and missed a shot off the glass, creating contact but drawing no foul and giving Rajon Rondo the opportunity to get out in transition.

Rondo got the line, putting Cleveland multiple possessions away.

"Teams are going to make runs, we understand that," Garnett said. "You could start to see [James] grabbing momentum. Throughout this whole series, when we went through some tough times, we stayed together, played though it."

Unlike in his much-criticized Game 5, James also played through it. He just didn't have any help, apparent both in Boston's constant trapping off pick-and-rolls and on the fast-break, which might be what sealed Cleveland's fate.

Early on, the Cavaliers looked like the better team in that they were controlling the paint and getting better looks. But every miss became an opportunity for Rondo to push the ball, and Boston's 11 fast-break points in the first half nullified the effectiveness of Cleveland's offense.

It was clear that if James couldn't offer a transcendent performance, the Cavaliers couldn't match Boston. He didn't.

From first possession, you could tell this was a different LeBron James than the one that drifted into obscurity in Game 5. A baseline cut led to a power dunk, then another shot the next time down the floor followed by subsequent forays into the paint. Nine turnovers, and 24 for his team, was part of Cleveland's undoing, but his fingerprints were all over this game, and without his 27 and especially his 19 rebounds, the Cavaliers were a group without direction.

The immediate question now is where James ends up as a free agent this summer? Nobody knows the truth, and for now, he's not offering any answers.

"It's all about winning for me," James said. "I think the Cavs are committed to doing that, but at the same time I've given myself options."

But even though James' decision will grab all the attention, it's not right to finish with the team, and player, that fell short. For now, all relevance goes to the victors.

In the end, after Garnett declared this a must-win following Game 5, the Celtics put up on all their flip-switching, wait-for-the-playoffs talk. And perhaps what explains the result of this series most clearly is that Boston, moving on to face the Orlando Magic, still isn't satisfied.

"I'm really not that proud of this, truthfully," Pierce said. "Because our goal is to win a championship. We can be excited for one night, winning a game, winning a season, but that's not going to make our season.

"We get excited when we put that banner up."

Cavaliers
Celtics
     
    • 38.4%

    • 44.2%

    • 29.4%

    • 29.4%

    • 70.6%

    • 63.6%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
CLE BOS
Total Rebounds 11 14
Offensive Rebounds 12 5
Turnovers 22 13
Fast Break Pts: 8 19
Biggest Lead: 4 14
Points in the Paint: 38 36
CLE BOS
p James   27 Garnett   22
rb James   19 Garnett   12
a James   10 Rondo   12
s James   3 Rondo   5
b 3 players   1 Perkins   2
 
  • 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 46:12 8-21 2-4 9-12 -5 3 16 19 10 2 3 9 1 2 27
A. Jamison F 29:48 2-10 0-3 1-2 -1 1 4 5 0 1 2 1 0 0 5
S. O'Neal C 24:07 4-7 0-0 3-6 -6 3 1 4 1 5 0 1 0 0 11
A. Parker G 28:40 2-4 2-3 1-2 -4 0 4 4 0 2 0 0 1 1 7
M. Williams G 46:31 8-18 1-4 5-5 -12 2 5 7 4 5 2 5 0 0 22
D. West   13:57 0-2 0-1 3-4 -12 1 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 3
A. Varejao   26:44 2-7 0-1 2-2 -2 2 5 7 0 3 1 3 0 2 6
Z. Ilgauskas   14:53 1-2 0-0 0-0 -8 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 0 2
J. Moon   08:57 1-2 0-1 0-1 +5 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 2
J. Hickson   00:10 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Gibson   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
L. Powe   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total   240 28-73 5-17 24-34   12 36 48 17 22 10 22 3 5 85
  38.4% 29.4% 70.6%   team rebs: 11 total to: 24
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 28:32 4-13 3-5 2-2 +18 1 4 5 3 4 0 3 0 2 13
K. Garnett F 37:01 11-19 0-0 0-0 +18 2 10 12 3 3 0 0 0 0 22
K. Perkins C 24:35 1-1 0-0 4-8 +3 2 5 7 1 4 0 1 2 0 6
R. Allen G 36:53 2-8 0-5 4-4 +4 0 3 3 5 4 2 3 1 0 8
R. Rondo G 44:09 9-15 0-1 3-7 +7 0 3 3 12 3 5 4 0 0 21
T. Allen   26:22 3-8 0-1 4-6 0 0 2 2 0 3 3 1 0 0 10
R. Wallace   23:20 4-8 2-4 3-4 +6 0 3 3 0 4 2 0 1 0 13
G. Davis   10:49 0-3 0-0 1-2 -9 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 1 1 1
M. Finley   08:14 0-2 0-1 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
M. Daniels   00:06 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Robinson   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Williams   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total   240 34-77 5-17 21-33   5 32 37 24 26 13 13 5 3 94
  44.2% 29.4% 63.6%   team rebs: 14 total to: 13

inactive

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

technical fouls

  • Cavaliers: O'Neal
  • Celtics: Perkins, Wallace

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 4
  • Times Tied: 9

arena stats

  • Arena: TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • Officials: #13 Monty McCutchen, #26 Bob Delaney, #32 Eddie F. Rush
  • Attendance: 18624
  • Duration: 2:47
Cleveland Cavaliers (61-22) Boston Celtics (51-32)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Perkins vs O'Neal
  11:42
[BOS 2-0]
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Allen (1 AST) 
James Driving Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: O'Neal (1 AST)  11:29
[CLE 2-2]
 
  11:18
[BOS 4-2]
Allen Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rondo (2 AST) 
James Jump Shot: Missed  11:04  
  11:04 Team Rebound 
  10:53
[BOS 6-2]
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
James Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Rondo (1 ST)  10:30  
James Foul : Personal (1 PF)  10:30  
  10:17
[BOS 8-2]
Pierce Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Williams Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  10:06
[CLE 4-8]
 
Parker Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  09:52  
  09:52 Perkins Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  09:52 Team Rebound 
  09:52 Perkins Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:52  
James Jump Shot: Missed  09:37  
  09:36 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:26 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:25  
  09:16 Pierce Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Jamison Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  09:16
[CLE 5-8]
 
Jamison Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  09:16  
  09:16 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:58 Pierce 3pt Shot: Missed 
  08:57 Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  08:53
[BOS 10-5]
Rondo Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Perkins (1 AST) 
Williams Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  08:44
[CLE 7-10]
 
  08:31 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  08:29  
Williams 3pt Shot: Missed  08:23  
  08:22 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:15 Rondo Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  08:14  
Williams Layup Shot: Missed  08:09  
Jamison Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  08:08  
Jamison Tip Shot: Missed  08:06  
  08:05 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Parker Foul : Personal (1 PF)  08:00  
Parker Substitution replaced by West  08:00  
  07:43
[BOS 12-7]
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Rondo (2 AST) 
O'Neal Jump Shot: Missed  07:28  
  07:27 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  07:13
[BOS 14-7]
Perkins Slam Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rondo (3 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  07:13  
James Layup Shot: Missed Block: Perkins (1 BLK)  06:51  
  06:50 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:46 Pierce Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Jamison (1 ST) 
James Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Williams (1 AST)  06:41
[CLE 9-14]
 
  06:22
[BOS 16-9]
Rondo Running Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Garnett (1 AST) 
Jamison Layup Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: James (1 AST)  05:56
[CLE 11-16]
 
O'Neal Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  05:45  
  05:45
[BOS 17-11]
Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  05:45
[BOS 18-11]
Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
  05:34 Perkins Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Williams Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO)  05:27  
  05:11
[BOS 20-11]
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Allen (2 AST) 
West Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  04:51  
  04:39 Rondo Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  04:38  
Williams Running Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: James (2 AST)  04:28
[CLE 13-20]
 
  04:28 Pierce Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
  04:28 Pierce Substitution replaced by Allen 
O'Neal Substitution replaced by Varejao  04:28  
Williams Free Throw 1 of 1 (7 PTS)  04:28
[CLE 14-20]
 
  04:19 Rondo Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Varejao (1 ST) 
James Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Rondo (2 ST)  04:15  
  04:09 Rondo Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:James (1 ST) 
  04:07 Allen Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Williams 3pt Shot: Missed  03:57  
  03:56 Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  03:50 Rondo Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:James (2 ST) 
James Running Jump Shot: Missed  03:42  
Team Rebound  03:41  
  03:41 Perkins Substitution replaced by Wallace 
  03:41 Allen Foul : Inbound (1 PF) 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  03:41
[CLE 15-20]
 
James Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  03:41  
  03:40 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:25 Wallace 3pt Shot: Missed 
Williams Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  03:24  
James Jump Shot: Missed  03:14  
  03:13 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  03:09 Team Timeout : Regular 
Jamison Substitution replaced by Ilgauskas  03:09  
  02:58
[BOS 22-15]
Wallace Turnaround Bank shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Allen (3 AST) 
James Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO)  02:41  
  02:41 Garnett Substitution replaced by Davis 
  02:30 Rondo Foul : Offensive (1 PF) 
  02:30 Rondo Turnover : Foul (4 TO) 
Williams Substitution replaced by Moon  02:30  
  02:11 Wallace Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS)  02:11
[CLE 16-22]
 
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS)  02:11
[CLE 17-22]
 
  01:50 Allen Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Moon (1 ST) 
West Step Back Jump shot: Missed  01:35  
James Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  01:34  
James Putback Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS)  01:33
[CLE 19-22]
 
  01:16 Davis Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  01:15  
West 3pt Shot: Missed  01:04  
  01:03 Davis Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
James Foul : Personal (2 PF)  01:01  
  01:01 Rondo Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:01 Team Rebound 
James Substitution replaced by Williams  01:01  
  01:01
[BOS 23-19]
Rondo Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Williams 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Moon (1 AST)  00:41.4
[CLE 22-23]
 
Ilgauskas Foul : Personal (1 PF)  00:34.7  
  00:34.7
[BOS 24-22]
Wallace Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  00:34.7
[BOS 25-22]
Wallace Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  00:10.7  
  00:10.1 Allen Substitution replaced by Pierce 
  00:10.1 Davis Substitution replaced by Finley 
Ilgauskas Substitution replaced by Hickson  00:10.1  
  00:00.0 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 1st Quarter
Cleveland Cavaliers (61-22) Boston Celtics (51-32)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
  11:49 Wallace Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
West Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  11:49  
Team Rebound  11:49  
West Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS)  11:49
[CLE 23-25]
 
  11:36
[BOS 27-23]
Rondo Driving Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Varejao Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  11:36  
  11:36
[BOS 28-23]
Rondo Free Throw 1 of 1 (8 PTS) 
West Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Rondo (3 ST)  11:16  
  11:13
[BOS 30-23]
Allen Running Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Rondo (4 AST) 
Williams Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  11:13  
Moon Substitution replaced by James  11:13  
  11:13
[BOS 31-23]
Allen Free Throw 1 of 1 (7 PTS) 
West Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Allen (1 ST)  10:50  
  10:45
[BOS 33-23]
Allen Running Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Rondo (5 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  10:42  
West Substitution replaced by Moon  10:42  
James Running Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS)  10:27
[CLE 25-33]
 
  10:27 Allen Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
James Free Throw 1 of 1 (12 PTS)  10:27
[CLE 26-33]
 
  10:15 Davis Layup Shot: Missed 
Varejao Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:14  
Moon Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Ilgauskas (1 AST)  09:57
[CLE 28-33]
 
  09:57 Rondo Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
  09:57 Allen Substitution replaced by Pierce 
Moon Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  09:57  
  09:56 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  09:42 Allen Layup Shot: Missed 
Varejao Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  09:41  
Williams Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO)  09:36  
  09:17 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
Moon Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:16  
  09:10 Wallace Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
  09:10 Wallace Substitution replaced by Perkins 
  09:10 Wallace Technical 
Williams Free Throw Technical (11 PTS)  09:10
[CLE 29-33]
 
James Turnover : Traveling (4 TO)  09:05  
  08:48 Pierce Foul : Offensive (3 PF) 
  08:48 Pierce Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
  08:48 Pierce Substitution replaced by Finley 
Varejao Reverse Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: James (3 AST)  08:33
[CLE 31-33]
 
  08:19 Rondo Jump Shot: Missed 
Varejao Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  08:18  
Varejao Jump Shot: Missed  08:10  
  08:07 Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
Moon Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  08:01  
  08:01 Davis Substitution replaced by Garnett 
  08:01
[BOS 34-31]
Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  08:01
[BOS 35-31]
Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Ilgauskas Jump Shot: Missed  07:43  
  07:42 Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  07:35
[BOS 37-31]
Rondo Driving Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Varejao Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Williams (2 AST)  07:16
[CLE 33-37]
 
  06:59 Finley 3pt Shot: Missed 
Varejao Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  06:58  
James Layup Shot: Missed  06:46  
James Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  06:45  
Moon 3pt Shot: Missed  06:38  
  06:37 Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  06:32
[BOS 39-33]
Garnett Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Rondo (6 AST) 
  06:08 Garnett Foul : Defense 3 Second (0 PF) 
Ilgauskas Substitution replaced by O'Neal  06:08  
Williams Free Throw Technical (12 PTS)  06:08
[CLE 34-39]
 
Varejao Substitution replaced by Jamison  06:08  
  06:08 Allen Substitution replaced by Allen 
Williams Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: James (4 AST)  05:59
[CLE 36-39]
 
  05:33
[BOS 41-36]
Rondo Pullup Jump shot: Made (12 PTS) 
  05:14 Allen Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Timeout : Official  05:14  
Moon Substitution replaced by Parker  05:14  
Williams Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS)  05:14
[CLE 37-41]
 
Williams Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS)  05:14
[CLE 38-41]
 
  04:59 Allen Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Williams (1 ST) 
Williams Driving Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS)  04:54
[CLE 40-41]
 
  04:36 Finley Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  04:35  
  04:35 Perkins Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF) 
  04:35 Rondo Substitution replaced by Allen 
O'Neal Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  04:35  
Team Rebound  04:35  
O'Neal Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS)  04:35
[CLE 41-41]
 
O'Neal Foul : Defense 3 Second (1 PF)  04:25  
  04:25
[BOS 42-41]
Allen Free Throw Technical (8 PTS) 
  04:22 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
Jamison Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  04:21  
Parker 3pt Shot: Missed  04:01  
O'Neal Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  04:00  
O'Neal Hook Shot: Missed  03:52  
Williams Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  03:52  
O'Neal Layup Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Williams (3 AST)  03:45
[CLE 43-42]
 
  03:29 Allen Layup Shot: Missed 
O'Neal Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  03:28  
Williams Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO)  03:15  
  02:52 Perkins Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Jamison (2 ST) 
O'Neal Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Finley (1 ST)  02:49  
O'Neal Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  02:48  
  02:48 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:48
[BOS 43-43]
Perkins Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  02:48
[BOS 44-43]
Perkins Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
James Layup Shot: Missed Block: Allen (1 BLK)  02:26  
Team Rebound  02:25  
Allen Violation:Kicked Ball  02:24  
Jamison Jump Shot: Missed  02:15  
  02:14 Perkins Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  02:05 Allen Layup Shot: Missed 
  02:05 Perkins Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
Jamison Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  02:05  
  02:05 Perkins Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  02:05 Team Rebound 
  02:05
[BOS 45-43]
Perkins Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
James Jump Shot: Missed  01:54  
Team Rebound  01:53  
  01:53 Finley Substitution replaced by Rondo 
O'Neal Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Williams (4 AST)  01:50
[CLE 45-45]
 
  01:38
[BOS 47-45]
Allen Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Rondo (7 AST) 
Jamison Jump Shot: Missed  01:28  
O'Neal Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  01:27  
  01:27 Rondo Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
O'Neal Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS)  01:27
[CLE 46-47]
 
Garnett Violation:Lane  01:27  
O'Neal Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS)  01:27
[CLE 47-47]
 
  01:10 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:09 Team Rebound 
Williams Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF)  01:09  
  01:09
[BOS 48-47]
Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
  01:09 Rondo Substitution replaced by Finley 
  01:09
[BOS 49-47]
Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Williams Jump Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: James (5 AST)  00:52.4
[CLE 49-49]
 
  00:42.4
[BOS 51-49]
Allen Driving Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Allen (4 AST) 
Williams Turnover : Lost Ball (4 TO) Steal:Allen (1 ST)  00:34.8  
  00:27.8 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
Williams Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  00:26.8  
O'Neal Layup Shot: Missed  00:05.9  
  00:04.9 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  00:00.0 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.0 Team Rebound 
End of 2nd Quarter
Cleveland Cavaliers (61-22) Boston Celtics (51-32)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
Parker Jump Shot: Missed Block: Perkins (2 BLK)  11:45  
  11:43 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  11:35 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  11:33  
James Layup Shot: Missed  11:25  
O'Neal Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  11:24  
O'Neal Putback Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS)  11:21
[CLE 51-51]
 
  11:03 Garnett Turnaround Fade Away shot: Missed 
Jamison Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  11:02  
Parker 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: James (6 AST)  10:52
[CLE 54-51]
 
  10:28 Pierce Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:James (3 ST) 
  10:21 Garnett Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  10:21  
Team Rebound  10:21  
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS)  10:21
[CLE 55-51]
 
  10:01
[BOS 53-55]
Garnett Turnaround Fade Away shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Pierce (1 AST) 
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  09:33  
  09:18
[BOS 55-55]
Garnett Jump Hook Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Jamison 3pt Shot: Missed  09:00  
  08:59 Rondo Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  08:53 Rondo Layup Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:2 Def:6)  08:52  
Jamison Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  08:48  
  08:38
[BOS 57-55]
Rondo Running Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Garnett (2 AST) 
James Turnover : Bad Pass (5 TO)  08:20  
Team Timeout : Regular  08:20  
  08:04 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:2 Def:7)  08:04  
  07:54 Garnett Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
O'Neal Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  07:54  
Team Rebound  07:54  
O'Neal Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  07:54  
  07:54 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  07:28 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:28 Team Rebound 
O'Neal Foul : Loose Ball (3 PF)  07:28  
  07:05 Rondo Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:2 Def:8)  07:04  
  06:58 Allen Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
  06:56 Perkins Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
  06:56 Double Technical - Perkins, O'Neal 
James Turnaround Hook Shot: Missed  06:47  
James Rebound (Off:3 Def:8)  06:46  
O'Neal Dunk Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: James (7 AST)  06:44
[CLE 57-57]
 
O'Neal Foul : Shooting (4 PF)  06:29  
O'Neal Substitution replaced by Varejao  06:29  
  06:29
[BOS 58-57]
Perkins Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS) 
  06:29 Perkins Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
James Rebound (Off:3 Def:9)  06:29  
Jamison Jump Shot: Missed  06:10  
  06:09 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  06:04 Garnett Layup Shot: Missed 
Jamison Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  06:02  
Williams Jump Shot: Missed  05:51  
Williams Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  05:50  
Jamison 3pt Shot: Missed  05:41  
  05:40 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:7) 
  05:16
[BOS 60-57]
Garnett Turnaround Fade Away shot: Made (16 PTS) 
  04:54 Perkins Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Jamison Substitution replaced by Ilgauskas  04:54  
  04:54 Perkins Substitution replaced by Wallace 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  04:54  
Team Rebound  04:54  
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (14 PTS)  04:54
[CLE 58-60]
 
Williams Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  04:39  
Parker Substitution replaced by West  04:39  
  04:39
[BOS 61-58]
Pierce Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  04:39
[BOS 62-58]
Pierce Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Varejao Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  04:17  
  04:06
[BOS 65-58]
Pierce 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Rondo (8 AST) 
Williams 3pt Shot: Missed  03:46  
  03:45 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  03:32
[BOS 67-58]
Garnett Jump Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Rondo (9 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  03:31  
Williams Jump Shot: Missed  03:17  
West Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  03:15  
James 3pt Shot: Missed  03:11  
  03:10 Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:02 Allen Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:West (1 ST) 
James Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS)  02:59
[CLE 60-67]
 
  02:59 Wallace Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
James Free Throw 1 of 1 (17 PTS)  02:59
[CLE 61-67]
 
  02:46
[BOS 70-61]
Wallace 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Garnett (3 AST) 
James Turnover : Bad Pass (6 TO) Steal:Allen (2 ST)  02:29  
  02:15
[BOS 73-61]
Pierce 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Allen (5 AST) 
  01:53 Pierce Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
  01:53 Garnett Substitution replaced by Davis 
  01:53 Pierce Substitution replaced by Allen 
West Free Throw 1 of 2 (2 PTS)  01:53
[CLE 62-73]
 
West Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS)  01:53
[CLE 63-73]
 
  01:37 Allen Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO) 
Ilgauskas Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: James (8 AST)  01:27
[CLE 65-73]
 
  01:26 Team Timeout : Regular 
  01:07
[BOS 75-65]
Wallace Reverse Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Rondo (10 AST) 
Williams Jump Shot: Made (22 PTS)  00:51.1
[CLE 67-75]
 
  00:51.1 Instant Replay - Support Ruling 
  00:40.8 Allen Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:38.5 Team Rebound 
Varejao Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  00:31.9  
  00:31.9
[BOS 76-67]
Davis Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  00:31.9 Davis Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
James Rebound (Off:3 Def:10)  00:31.7  
James Turnover : Lost Ball (7 TO) Steal:Allen (2 ST)  00:10.9  
Ilgauskas Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  00:05.5  
  00:05.5 Allen Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  00:05.5 Team Rebound 
Ilgauskas Substitution replaced by Parker  00:05.5  
  00:05.5 Wallace Substitution replaced by Daniels 
  00:05.5 Allen Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  00:05.5  
End of 3rd Quarter
Cleveland Cavaliers (61-22) Boston Celtics (51-32)
Start of 4th QuarterBack to Top
  11:47
[BOS 78-67]
Rondo Driving Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) 
Williams Jump Shot: Missed  11:22  
  11:21 Davis Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  11:17 Davis Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Williams (2 ST) 
Williams Layup Shot: Missed  11:13  
Varejao Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  11:13  
Varejao Layup Shot: Missed Block: Davis (1 BLK)  11:13  
Team Rebound  11:13  
  11:13 Davis Foul : Loose Ball (1 PF) 
Varejao Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Rondo (4 ST)  11:11  
Ilgauskas Foul : Personal (3 PF)  11:10  
  10:52 Davis Layup Shot: Missed Block: Ilgauskas (1 BLK) 
Williams Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  10:51  
  10:46 Allen Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Ilgauskas Substitution replaced by O'Neal  10:46  
Parker Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  10:46  
Team Rebound  10:46  
Parker Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  10:46
[CLE 68-78]
 
  10:27 Allen Layup Shot: Missed 
  10:26 Team Rebound 
Williams Foul : Loose Ball (4 PF)  10:26  
  10:20 Allen 3pt Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:3 Def:11)  10:19  
James 3pt Shot: Made (20 PTS)  10:12
[CLE 71-78]
 
  09:44 Rondo 3pt Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:3 Def:12)  09:43  
James 3pt Shot: Made (23 PTS)  09:35
[CLE 74-78]
 
  09:34 Team Timeout : Regular 
  09:34 Davis Substitution replaced by Garnett 
  09:34 Allen Substitution replaced by Pierce 
  09:13 Wallace 3pt Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:3 Def:13)  09:12  
Varejao Layup Shot: Missed  09:01  
  09:00 Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
O'Neal Foul : Shooting (5 PF)  08:54  
  08:54 Rondo Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  08:54 Team Rebound 
  08:54 Rondo Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
James Rebound (Off:3 Def:14)  08:54  
James Turnover : Lost Ball (8 TO) Steal:Rondo (5 ST)  08:38  
  08:34
[BOS 80-74]
Rondo Driving Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) 
  08:33 Team Violation : Delay Of Game 
Varejao Jump Shot: Missed Block: Wallace (1 BLK)  08:14  
  08:13 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:8) 
  08:06
[BOS 83-74]
Pierce 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Rondo (11 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  07:55  
Varejao Substitution replaced by Jamison  07:55  
Jamison 3pt Shot: Missed  07:37  
  07:35 Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  07:17 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  07:16  
James 3pt Shot: Missed  07:10  
  07:08 Allen Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  06:43 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
Williams Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  06:41  
Williams Jump Shot: Missed  06:34  
  06:33 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  06:09
[BOS 86-74]
Wallace 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Pierce (2 AST) 
Williams Turnover : Lost Ball (5 TO) Steal:Allen (3 ST)  05:57  
  05:53
[BOS 88-74]
Garnett Dunk Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Rondo (12 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  05:50  
O'Neal Substitution replaced by Varejao  05:50  
Jamison Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: James (9 AST)  05:36
[CLE 76-88]
 
  05:15 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed Block: Parker (1 BLK) 
James Rebound (Off:3 Def:15)  05:13  
Varejao Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Wallace (1 ST)  04:55  
  04:38
[BOS 90-76]
Rondo Floating Jump shot: Made (20 PTS) 
Williams Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed  04:26  
Varejao Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  04:25  
Jamison Jump Shot: Missed  04:22  
  04:21 Pierce Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  03:58 Garnett Jump Shot: Missed 
Jamison Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  03:57  
  03:50 Garnett Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Varejao Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  03:50
[CLE 77-90]
 
Jamison Substitution replaced by Moon  03:50  
Varejao Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  03:50
[CLE 78-90]
 
Varejao Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  03:38  
  03:38 Wallace Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  03:38 Team Rebound 
Moon Substitution replaced by Jamison  03:38  
  03:38
[BOS 91-78]
Wallace Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS) 
  03:27 Allen Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (24 PTS)  03:27
[CLE 79-91]
 
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (25 PTS)  03:27
[CLE 80-91]
 
  03:10 Wallace Jump Shot: Missed 
Varejao Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  03:09  
Parker 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: James (10 AST)  02:58
[CLE 83-91]
 
  02:31 Wallace Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:3 Def:16)  02:30  
James Layup Shot: Missed  02:22  
  02:21 Garnett Rebound (Off:0 Def:9) 
Williams Foul : Shooting (5 PF)  02:16  
  02:16 Allen Substitution replaced by Allen 
  02:16 Rondo Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  02:16 Team Rebound 
  02:16
[BOS 92-83]
Rondo Free Throw 2 of 2 (21 PTS) 
James Driving Dunk Shot: Made (27 PTS)  02:07
[CLE 85-92]
 
  01:46 Pierce Layup Shot: Missed Block: James (1 BLK) 
  01:44 Garnett Rebound (Off:1 Def:9) 
  01:42 Garnett Layup Shot: Missed 
  01:41 Pierce Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  01:36 Team Timeout : Regular 
  01:27
[BOS 94-85]
Garnett Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: Pierce (3 AST) 
James Turnover : Bad Pass (9 TO) Steal:Wallace (2 ST)  01:18  
  00:59.9 Pierce 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:58.5 Garnett Rebound (Off:2 Def:9) 
  00:33.9 Pierce Jump Shot: Missed 
Williams Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  00:33.3  
Varejao 3pt Shot: Missed  00:16.8  
  00:14.8 Garnett Rebound (Off:2 Def:10) 
End of 4th Quarter
broadcast information
country channel time
usa ESPN National 8:00 pm ET
canada TSN 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
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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