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.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.