Celtics Get Revenge On Cavaliers For Early Season Loss With Decisive 106-87 Victory

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Celtics Vs. Cavaliers: Cleveland Shooting Goes Cold, Still Down 80-65

The Cavaliers came out of the locker room sluggish, and ended up playing the Celtics' half-court game. As a result, they couldn't get much of anything going on offense, with the exception of Anthony Parker and Mo Williams. The shooting percentage was ugly, hovering around 35 percent.

Rajon Rondo continued to put up points, streaking down the court and getting easy layups. Well, not all easy ones. He also got some contested ones to drop. He picked up his season high with 19 points. He also racked up 8 assists by the quarter's end.

The Cavaliers ended up over the foul limit with seven minutes left to play in the third, sending the Celtics to the line for silly fouls. To be fair, it looked like there were some missed calls on the Celtics, but when the game is going your way, you go with it. Boston already has five players in double digits.

By the end of the quarter, the Cavs were able to pick up the pace and even get some steals and fast breaks. They couldn't however, capitalize on those plays and remained ice-cold from the floor.

On a lighter note, the crew on NBA TV decided that the Celtics are a team of Rabid Wolf Sausage Makers. Don't ask.

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Celtics Vs. Cavaliers: Boston Dismantles Cleveland, Wins 106-87

As soon as the final period started, Daniel Gibson was sent to the bench with his 5th foul. He was able to come back in to add to his 16 points, which, along with Varejao, marked the team's high score. Varejao also lead the team in rebounds with 12, and J.J. Hickson was right behind him with 11.

Glen Davis, off the bench for the Celtics, put up a double double on the night, with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Marquis Daniels also contributed 16 points off the bench. In fact, the Boston bench made up a third of their total points. The starters made a good showing, with the big three getting 34 points collectively. Rondo finished with 23 points (season high), 12 assists and five rebounds.

Once the clock went under five minutes, the game became a jumpshooting clinic. For every long jumper Cleveland put up, Boston matched them on the other end. The Celtics shot 50.6% on the game, while the Cavaliers could only manage 39%.

The lead swelled to as many as 19 points, but the Cavaliers stuck around, clawing their way back in every so often. In the end, the Celtics defense just dismantled the speedy Cavaliers offense, and they were unable to close out any significant kind of run.

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Celtics Vs. Cavaliers: Boston Slows Down The Game, Takes The Lead, 56-45

The Celtics were able to dictate the pace more in the 2nd quarter, and as a result pulled ahead. They slowed down significantly and Cleveland does not thrive on offense at that speed. The Celtics were able to create more fast break opportunities, and beat the Cavs at their own game. Shaq and Garnett were both able to break up plays inside on the defensive end and Rondo orchestrated the plays on the other side of the court with the confidence he has been exhibiting as of late. Pierce overcame his foul trouble to score seven points in the second quarter, including one of the Celtics' two three-pointers.

Anderson Varejao continued to provide offense inside for the Cavaliers. Being more nimble than his defender (Shaq), he was able to create shots. Outside shots weren't falling with any regularity in the second quarter, and bad passes forced unnecessary turnovers. They finished with nine in the half. Daniel Gibson came in off the bench and provided a boost to the offense, finishing the half with nine points to lead his team.

The Celtics went on a 20-10 run over the final six minutes of the half.

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Celtics Vs. Cavaliers: Rondo Can Score, But Cleveland Leads 23-21

The Cavaliers led by as many as nine points in the quarter, many of which came on fast break plays. It seems, however, that every time they were able to pull ahead, the veteran Celtics climbed right back in it. Anderson Varejao has been crashing the boards on both ends, giving the Cavs a few second-chance points in the process. He leads Cleveland with six points. Sitting just behind him on the scoreboard is Mo Williams, who also logged three assists.

Paul Pierce had to take a seat on the bench with two quick fouls, and he didn't appear pleased to be sitting there. The other members of the big three contributed four points each. In other news, Rajon Rondo is fast. And he has been breezing by the Cleveland defense for 11 points. He singlehandedly accounts for over half of the Celtics' points, and leads all scorers.


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Celtics Vs. Cavaliers: Boston Looks To Avenge Early Season Loss

(Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics attempt to avenge an earlier loss this season to the Cleveland Cavaliers when the two Eastern Conference inhabitants clash tonight at Quicken Loans Arena.

Boston, which eliminated the Cavs from last year's playoffs in six games, suffered a 95-87 setback at Cleveland on Oct. 27. The Celtics have lost two in a row and 10 of 11 trips to the Forest City.

The Celtics have played much better since that setback and will try for their fourth straight win tonight. They were last in action in Friday's 110-101 victory at home over Toronto, as Kevin Garnett scored 26 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the way.

Paul Pierce and Glen Davis both added 18 points for the Celtics, who have won six of eight games overall. Ray Allen chipped in 17 points and eight assists in a winning effort. Rajon Rondo, who missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, finished with four points and 14 assists in his return to the lineup.

"He's one of the greatest point guards ever...plays well," Boston center Shaquille O'Neal said of Rondo. "We tell him he's too unselfish...like any time he had a layup and he kicked it out. But right now our plan is to maintain the leads and just take care of business."

Boston is 5-3 away from TD Garden this season.

Cleveland will resume a three-game homestand Tuesday and has won three straight at the Q, including Saturday's 92-86 victory versus Memphis.

Mo Williams scored 25 points, dished out 12 assists and pulled down five rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have won two of three games since a three-game slide and got 16 points and five boards from J.J. Hickson.

"Yes, I'm just trying to be consistent with it each and every night and trying to get a flow to it...Guys, as far as my teammates, are getting more and more comfortable finding their spots and being more familiar with what we are going to do," said Williams, who is averaging 19.4 points in his last five games.

The Cavs will welcome former superstar LeBron James and the Miami Heat on Thursday in a much-anticipated showdown. James, of course, departed Cleveland to team up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in south Florida this offseason.

Cleveland is 4-4 as the host this season.

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