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NBA CLEVELAND 73 BOSTON 77 FINAL 10:29PM ET

CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === KEMP F 34 6-8 6-8 2 5 7 1 5 1 2 18 HENDERSON F 33 5-10 0-0 1 3 4 5 4 4 4 10 ILGAUSKAS C 37 6-11 4-4 3 7 10 2 5 1 2 16 PERSON G 31 2-11 1-4 1 4 5 1 0 1 0 6 KNIGHT G 22 3-6 2-2 0 1 1 5 4 2 2 8 D. ANDERSON 25 2-7 2-4 0 1 1 2 2 1 3 6 POTAPENKO 14 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 1 4 0 SURA 18 0-2 0-2 0 2 2 3 1 4 2 0 NEWMAN 15 3-5 2-2 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 9 FERRY 11 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 BUTLER DNP - COACH'S DECISION GREEN DNP - COACH'S DECISION LANG DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROGERS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 27-64 17-26 7 25 32 19 27 15 22 73 (.422) (.654) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 23(26 PTS)

BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === WALKER F 29 8-16 5-6 4 5 9 2 2 1 7 22 PIERCE F 30 4-9 10-12 2 2 4 2 3 0 2 19 RILEY C 40 1-5 4-8 3 8 11 2 5 1 3 6 K. ANDERSON G 26 4-11 2-4 1 3 4 3 2 1 2 10 MINOR G 14 2-3 2-2 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 6 SCHINTZIUS 8 0-1 0-0 2 1 3 1 4 0 2 0 BOWEN 42 1-4 0-0 2 5 7 2 4 2 4 2 BATTIE 21 3-5 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 1 0 6 BARROS 22 2-9 1-1 1 3 4 1 0 1 4 6 GARNETT 8 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 DECLERCQ DND - BACK SPASMS JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION MCCARTY DND - SPRAINED RIGHT BIG TOE MERCER DND - SPRAINED RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 25-64 24-33 15 31 46 14 24 9 26 77 (.391) (.727) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 27(24 PTS)

CLEVELAND 32 14 12 15 - 73 BOSTON 27 16 12 22 - 77

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - KEMP 3, HENDERSON, ILGAUSKAS, POTAPENKO, SURA. BOSTON - RILEY 5, PIERCE, BOWEN. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 2-11 (.182), PERSON 1-6, D. ANDERSON 0-2, SURA 0-1, NEWMAN 1-2. BOSTON 3-7 (.429), WALKER 1-5, PIERCE 1-1, BARROS 1-1. TECHNICALS: CLEVELAND - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 2. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, TED BERNHARDT, TOMMIE WOOD. A - 18,173. T - 2:26.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Rookie Paul Pierce scored 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, including a crucial tip-in with 41 seconds to go, as the Boston Celtics held off the Cleveland Cavaliers, 77-73, in a sloppy game.

Pierce made 10-of-12 free throws in the final quarter and had a tip-in of Eric Riley's second straight missed free throw to give the Celtics a 74-73 edge. Shawn Kemp missed a short jumper and Pierce grabbed the rebound and made two free throws to give Boston a 76-73 lead with 26 seconds left.

"Being in the right place at the right time, that was the key for me," Pierce said. "It's great to contribute in the fourth quarter the way I did, but it's only two games. I've got to keep working, I've got to keep hustling."

Antoine Walker had 22 points and nine rebounds and Kenny Anderson scored 10 points for Boston, which shot just 39% (25-for-64) from the field. The Celtics, who were outrebounded 54-40 in Friday's season-opening 103-92 loss to the Toronto Raptors, held a 46-36 edge on the boards.

Kemp had 18 points and seven rebounds and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 16 and 10 for Cleveland, which shot 42% (27-for-64) overall but was held to 27 points in the second half.

The Cavaliers did not score after Cedric Henderson's jumper from the right baseline gave them a 73-72 lead with 97 seconds to go. They missed their final four shots and made just 3-for-19 in the fourth period.

The teams combined for 50 turnovers, leading to 50 points. The Cavs are off to an 0-2 start for the second straight season and lost for just the third time in the last 11 meetings with the Celtics.

"This is a great win for Boston but for us it was another night of just making too many turnovers," said Cleveland coach Mike Fratello, whose team has 42 in two games. "We'd move the ball around and then the throw the ball away. They played good defense, but we certainly helped them."

Boston was without forwards Walter McCarty and Ron Mercer and center Andrew DeClercq. McCarty has a strained toe, Mercer has a sprained knee and DeClercq is bothered by back spasms.

"This is as satisfying a win as a I can remember, simply because I can't ever remember having a team this banged up," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "We had a lot of power play with a lot of heart tonight, not the least of which was Paul Pierce but Eric Riley did a tremendous job defensively in the middle."

After Pierce's second foul shot gave Boston a 76-73 lead, Wesley Person missed consecutive jumpers from the left wing. Walker grabbed a rebound and hit one free throw with nine seconds left. Cleveland had another chance but Ilgauskas missed a jumper in the lane and Walker grabbed the rebound as time expired.

Cleveland shot 60% in the first half and held a 46-43 lead at the break.

Boston tied the game, 46-46, when Walker made a pair of free throws 1:17 into the third quarter. Person, who shot just 2-of-11, answered with a 3-pointer and Cleveland pushed the lead to 58-52 when Ilgauskas dunked with 4:15 left.

The Cavs took a 58-55 lead into the final quarter, but the Celtics tied it when Pierce made a free throw and Tony Battie dunked with 10:46 remaining. Boston took its first lead since the second quarter when Pierce hit a 3-pointer to make it 61-59 with 8:26 left.

Dana Barros drove for a layup to give the Celtics a 63-59 lead with 7:27 remaining. Boston kept the lead until Kemp sank a pair of free throws to make it 69-69 with 2:51 to go. Three free throws by Pierce around Kemp's layup gave Boston a 72-71 edge with 1:52 left.

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