Celtics Vs. Cavaliers: Boston Survives To End Skid

Feb 28, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) grabs a rebound over Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson (13) in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

The Boston Celtics were able to win a tiebreaker over the Cleveland Cavalier and extend their lead with a win Tuesday.

The Boston Celtics snapped a five-game losing streak thanks to a late steal by Kevin Garnett to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 86-83. The Celtics cling to the No. 8 seed in the East, and now have the tiebreaker via a 2-1 head-to-head advantage over Cleveland, one of the team's chasing Boston.

That Boston needs a tiebreaker over Cleveland is a bit of a problem.

The Celtics were sloppy, conceding a 16-point first half lead and getting into a dogfight with the Cavaliers. Kyrie Irving dropped 19 points in the second half to keep Cleveland alive, but Ray Allen (22 points, 8-13 shooting) and Garnett (18 points) produced enough offense to get Boston the win.

The C's are now 16-17, 2.5 games ahead of Cleveland.

In other action:

Bulls 99, Hornets 95: New Orleans is apparently going to rake muck this spring -- the Hornets nearly toppled the Bulls in Chicago. Derrick Rose finished with 32 points and nine assists for the save.

Rockets 88, Raptors 85: Houston survived its visit from the Dinos to make up a game on the Mavericks and Clippers. Kyle Lowry led the way with 26 points.

Bucks 119, Wizards 118: Washington almost pulled out the high-scoring road win, one that Scott Skiles must be seething over, even in victory. The Wizards shot 13-24 on three-pointers, nearly making up for Milwaukee advantages in foul drawing, rebounding and turnovers. Mike "Funleavy" Dunleavy was the game's leading scorer with 26.

Kings 103, Jazz 96: Utah's playoff run just might be over as the Jazz fell to 15-18 with a loss in Sacramento. DeMarcus Cousins thoroughly outplayed Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson, finishing with 22 points and 18 rebounds.

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