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NBA BOSTON 84 CLEVELAND 109 1:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR


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BOSTON (86) AT CLEVELAND (113)

BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

PIERCE F 29 4-9 3-5 3 1 4 2 2 1 4 11 WALKER F 41 8-18 5-11 0 9 9 2 4 3 3 22 POTAPENKO C 34 4-8 2-4 9 3 12 2 4 1 3 10 ANDERSON G 26 1-4 4-4 0 1 1 4 1 1 1 6 MERCER G 35 6-16 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 1 5 12 BARROS 7 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 BATTIE 18 5-9 0-0 5 1 6 1 4 0 1 10 BOWEN 13 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 GARNETT 15 1-5 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 5 MINOR 19 3-4 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 7 SCHINTZIUS 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 MCCARTY DNP - BRUISED LEFT KNEE

TOTALS 240 33-75 17-28 17 18 35 19 20 7 20 86 (.440) (.607) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 20(33 PTS)

CLEVELAND REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

HENDERSON F 16 2-3 2-2 0 2 2 0 4 0 2 6 KEMP F 28 7-11 3-5 5 4 9 4 1 0 1 17 DECLERCQ C 22 7-10 2-3 4 2 6 1 3 1 1 16 KNIGHT G 23 2-4 0-0 0 4 4 8 2 2 3 4 PERSON G 30 8-16 0-0 0 4 4 2 0 0 2 19 BLOUNT 23 3-5 5-6 4 7 11 4 1 2 2 11 BOYKINS 4 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 BUTLER 18 3-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 6 FERRY 23 5-7 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 11 NEWMAN 32 4-9 3-3 1 0 1 6 4 0 0 13 SURA 21 3-6 2-5 1 2 3 5 2 3 2 8 ANDERSON DNP - RIGHT KNEE CONTUSION

TOTALS 240 45-77 17-24 15 26 41 34 19 9 13 113 (.584) (.708) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(15 PTS)

BOSTON 17 21 24 24 - 86 CLEVELAND 22 32 29 30 - 113

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - PIERCE 2, WALKER, POTAPENKO. CLEVELAND - BLOUNT 2, PERSON, DECLERCQ, BUTLER, HENDERSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 3-10 (.300), PIERCE 0-1, WALKER 1-5, MERCER 0-1, BARROS 1-1, GARNETT 1-2. CLEVELAND 6-13 (.462), PERSON 3-8, FERRY 1-2, NEWMAN 2-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, RON OLESIAK, TOMMIE WOOD. A - 15,810. T - 2:05.


Box Score

BOSTON (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Pierce 29 4-9 3-5 3-4 2 2 11 Walker 41 8-18 5-11 0-9 2 4 22 Potapenko 34 4-8 2-4 9-12 2 4 10 Anderson 26 1-4 4-4 0-1 4 1 6 Mercer 35 6-16 0-0 0-0 2 1 12 Barros 7 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 Battie 18 5-9 0-0 5-6 1 4 10 Bowen 13 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 0 0 Garnett 15 1-5 2-2 0-1 2 1 5 Minor 19 3-4 1-2 0-0 1 1 7 Schintzius 3 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 2 0 Mccarty DNP - bruised left knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-75 17-28 17-35 19 20 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.440, FT-.607. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Pierce 0-1, Walker 1-5, Mercer 0-1, Barros 1-1, Garnett 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 4 (Pierce 2, Walker, Potapenko). Turnovers: 20 (Mercer 5, Pierce 4, Potapenko 3, Walker 3, Barros 2, Anderson, Battie, Minor). Steals: 7 (Walker 3, Anderson, Mercer, Pierce, Potapenko).

CLEVELAND (113) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Henderson 16 2-3 2-2 0-2 0 4 6 Kemp 28 7-11 3-5 5-9 4 1 17 Declercq 22 7-10 2-3 4-6 1 3 16 Knight 23 2-4 0-0 0-4 8 2 4 Person 30 8-16 0-0 0-4 2 0 19 Blount 23 3-5 5-6 4-11 4 1 11 Boykins 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 Butler 18 3-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 6 Ferry 23 5-7 0-0 0-1 2 2 11 Newman 32 4-9 3-3 1-1 6 4 13 Sura 21 3-6 2-5 1-3 5 2 8 Anderson DNP - right knee contusion _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 45-77 17-24 15-41 34 19 113 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.584, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Person 3-8, Ferry 1-2, Newman 2-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Blount 2, Person, Declercq, Butler, Henderson). Turnovers: 17 (Knight 3, Blount 2, Henderson 2, Person 2, Sura 2, Declercq, Kemp). Steals: 9 (Sura 3, Blount 2, Knight 2, Butler, Declercq). ____________________________________________ Boston 17 21 24 24 - 86 Cleveland 22 32 29 30 - 113 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: Cleveland 1 (Newman, 8:53 3rd). A: 15,810. T: 2:05. Officials: Steve Javie, Ron Olesiak, Tommie Wood.


Game Story

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Reserves Johnny Newman and Bobby Sura keyed a decisive second-quarter burst as the Cleveland Cavaliers moved two games over .500 for the first time in a month with a 113-86 victory over the reeling Boston Celtics.

The Cavaliers, who defeated the Celtics for the 10th time in 13 meetings, broke open the game late in the second quarter with a 23-9 run. Newman had eight of his 13 points in the burst, including a 3-pointer and three-point play. Sura added five of his eight.

Cleveland, which has won 24 straight games in which it has scored 100 points, got 23 of its 32 second-quarter points from its reserves.

The Cavaliers improved to 13-11, marking the first time they have been more than one game over .500 since February 20, when they were 5-3. Cleveland shot 58 percent from the field in the contest, including 61 percent (22-of-36) in the second half.

"I guess I try to stay positive and stay upbeat," Celtics coach Rick Pitino said. "But that is humiliating defense. I have seen the Washington Generals play better defense than that. It reaches a point where I won't be humiliated. I am going to watch this film and if people are humiliating the Boston Celtics they will not start tomorrow or tomorrow will be their last day."

Starter Shawn Kemp had a huge third quarter and finished with 17 points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes. Wesley Person added 19 points as six Cavaliers scored in double figures.

Both Kemp and Person chose to recognize the effort of the bench.

"You have to give the bench a standing ovation. They shot the ball well and made it easy for us," Kemp said.

"We were kind of flat coming out early and the second team came out and gave us a big lead," Person added. "If we get the kind of effort we got from our bench we can be a pretty good team."

Antoine Walker scored 22 points for Boston, which has dropped nine of 10 games overall and nine straight on the road. The Celtics are 3-13 away from the FleetCenter.

The matchup was the first between the teams since Cleveland shipped Vitaly Potapenko to Boston for Andrew DeClercq and a future first-round pick. Cleveland has won five of seven games with DeClercq, who had 16 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes. Potapenko had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who are just 1-6 since the deal.

DeClercq began as if he had something to prove, scoring eight points and grabbing five rebounds in the opening quarter as Cleveland seized a 22-17 advantage.

"I don't think there was much revenge, there was a lot at stake in the playoff race," DeClercq said. "Our bench did a great job handling the press. They got a lot of easy baskets and really turned it up on the defensive end."

The Celtics got within a basket 90 seconds into the second quarter before Cleveland's reserves took over. Danny Ferry ignited the run with a 14-footer and Person capped it with a layup with one minute remaining in the half. The Cavaliers made 13-of-21 shots in the period and led 54-38 at the break.

Boston opened the second half with a 12-4 burst to draw within 58-50. Cleveland's lead was 60-52 with 8:14 left when a 14-1 burst put the game out of reach. Person capped that spurt with a 3-pointer with 3:08 left.

Kemp scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the third quarter. He joined fellow starters DeClercq, Person and Brevin Knight on the bench over the final 12 minutes.

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