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CLEVELAND (70) AT BOSTON (96)

CLEVELAND

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

B SKINNER F 20 2-2 0-1 3 6 9 1 2 0 1 4 L MURRAY F 29 3-12 3-4 1 3 4 4 2 0 3 11 C MIHM C 31 5-7 2-2 2 7 9 0 2 1 2 12 W PERSON G 27 6-11 1-2 0 2 2 1 0 1 2 17 A MILLER G 36 4-14 1-3 1 6 7 7 4 1 6 9 R DAVIS 29 0-9 3-4 0 2 2 2 4 2 4 3 B STITH 20 2-7 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 4 M DOLEAC 5 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 J JONES 18 2-6 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 0 0 4 Z ILGAUSKAS 15 1-3 0-0 1 5 6 0 0 0 1 2 T LANGDON 10 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 T HILL DNP - SINUS INFECTION

TOTALS 240 27-76 10-16 9 35 44 17 18 7 20 70 (.355) (.625) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 23 (24 PTS)

BOSTON

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

A WALKER F 44 7-18 1-2 2 5 7 9 2 5 4 17 P PIERCE F 42 6-16 5-5 2 8 10 4 2 2 3 22 T BATTIE C 16 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 1 0 4 K ANDERSON G 35 5-6 3-5 0 9 9 6 1 4 3 13 T DELK G 33 7-16 1-2 1 5 6 1 1 1 0 16 R ROGERS 20 5-8 3-4 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 15 E WILLIAMS 14 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 E STRICKLAND 16 2-8 1-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 6 V POTAPENKO 8 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 W MCCARTY 4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 K BROWN 4 1-3 1-2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 M BLOUNT 4 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0

TOTALS 240 35-81 15-22 10 35 45 21 15 14 13 96 (.432) (.682) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14 (18 PTS)

CLEVELAND 21 20 12 17 - 70 BOSTON 22 20 23 31 - 96

BLOCKED SHOTS: CLEVELAND - C MIHM 3, A MILLER 2, B STITH. BOSTON - P PIERCE 2, E WILLIAMS, K BROWN, A WALKER. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CLEVELAND 6-17 (.353), L MURRAY 2-4, W PERSON 4- 5, A MILLER 0-1, R DAVIS 0-1, B STITH 0-4, J JONES 0-2. BOSTON 11- 31 (.355), A WALKER 2-7, P PIERCE 5-10, T DELK 1-5, R ROGERS 2-3, E WILLIAMS 0- 1, E STRICKLAND 1-4, K BROWN 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: CLEVELAND - COACH LUCAS. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MARK WUNDERLICH, MIKE CALLAHAN, SCOTT WALL. A - 13,433. T - 2:02.


Box Score

CLEVELAND (70)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp B Skinner 20 2-2 0-1 3-9 1 2 4 L Murray 29 3-12 3-4 1-4 4 2 11 C Mihm 31 5-7 2-2 2-9 0 2 12 W Person 27 6-11 1-2 0-2 1 0 17 A Miller 36 4-14 1-3 1-7 7 4 9 R Davis 29 0-9 3-4 0-2 2 4 3 B Stith 20 2-7 0-0 0-0 1 1 4 M Doleac 5 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 2 2 J Jones 18 2-6 0-0 1-4 0 1 4 Z Ilgauskas 15 1-3 0-0 1-6 0 0 2 T Langdon 10 1-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 2 T Hill DNP - SINUS INFECTION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 27-76 10-16 9-44 17 18 70 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.355, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals: 6-17, .353 (L Murray 2-4, W Person 4-5, A Miller 0-1, R Davis 0-1, B Stith 0-4, J Jones 0-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Blocked Shots:6 (C Mihm 3, A Miller 2, B Stith). Turnovers:20 (A Miller 6, R Davis 4, L Murray 3, W Person 2, C Mihm 2, B Stith, Z Ilgauskas, B Skinner). Steals: 7 (R Davis 2, W Person, A Miller, C Mihm, T Langdon, B Stith).

BOSTON (96)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 44 7-18 1-2 2-7 9 2 17 P Pierce 42 6-16 5-5 2-10 4 2 22 T Battie 16 2-3 0-0 0-2 0 3 4 K Anderson 35 5-6 3-5 0-9 6 1 13 T Delk 33 7-16 1-2 1-6 1 1 16 R Rogers 20 5-8 3-4 1-2 0 3 15 E Williams 14 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 E Strickland 16 2-8 1-2 1-2 0 2 6 V Potapenko 8 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 W Mccarty 4 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 K Brown 4 1-3 1-2 0-0 1 0 3 M Blount 4 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-81 15-22 10-45 21 15 96 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.682. 3-Point Goals: 11-31, .355 (A Walker 2-7, P Pierce 5-10, T Delk 1-5, R Rogers 2-3, E Williams 0-1, E Strickland 1-4, K Brown 0-1). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:5 (P Pierce 2, E Williams, K Brown, A Walker). Turnovers:13 (A Walker 4, K Anderson 3, P Pierce 3, E Williams, R Rogers, M Blount). Steals: 14 (A Walker 5, K Anderson 4, P Pierce 2, T Delk, T Battie, K Brown).

------------------------------------------- CLEVELAND 21 20 12 17 - 70 BOSTON 22 20 23 31 - 96 -------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Cleveland - 1 (COACH Lucas, 6:35 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,433. T: 2:02. Officials: Mark Wunderlich, Mike Callahan, Scott Wall.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- The Boston Celtics needed a spark. They got it from a likely source in an unlikely manner.

Paul Pierce's 65-footer at the end of the first half served as the impetus for the Celtics, who used a game-ending 27-10 spurt to rout the Cleveland Cavaliers, 96-70, and snap a two-game slide.

Pierce scored 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and led five Celtics in double figures. Antoine Walker added 17 points and Tony Delk contributed 16.

"It was a team effort for us," Pierce said. "There's going to be nights where I'm not going to always dominate the scoring. I just kind of played with the flow and came on late."

After losing to Western Conference heavyweights San Antonio and Portland, Boston had no excuses against lowly Cleveland.

But the Celtics were sluggish throughout the first half and needed Pierce's long-distance shot to take a 42-41 halftime lead.

The second half was a different story. The Cavaliers grabbed a 47-44 lead on Brian Skinner's layup with 10:07 left in the third quarter, but the Celtics took control with an 11-0 spurt and never looked back.

"We missed a lot of open shots that we practice often (in the first half)," Boston coach Jim O'Brien said. "We missed them and we started making them. We told our guys at halftime, 'Just keep on firing,' because we're getting wide open looks."

With Cleveland trailing, 69-60, early in the fourth quarter, Pierce scored 11 points in a 14-0 burst that put away the contest. Boston extended the run to 22-1, opening its biggest lead at 90-62.

"You know that they're going to get a lot of shots up and you know that they're gonna start hitting them," Cleveland coach John Lucas said. "Pierce did a good job of responding, when he knew he had a slow first half. He came back and really lit in up in the fourth quarter."

Wesley Person had 17 points for the Cavaliers, who scored only 29 in the second half.

Boston took all four games against Cleveland this season, sweeping the season series for the first time since the 1984-85 campaign. The Celtics have won eight in a row against the Cavaliers at home.

"I thought our defense was outstanding all night," O'Brien said. "I thought we played with great tenacity and great unity on the defensive end. I thought that was the difference in the game and never losing confidence."

Cleveland dropped to 1-35 when trailing after three quarters. The one win came Tuesday, when Lamond Murray drilled a controversial 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 100-97 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading New Jersey Nets.

However, playing back-to-back games seemed to take a toll on the Cavaliers, who could not stay with the Celtics in the second half.

"After having a quality win against New Jersey Nets, we should have come out with more energy," Person said.

Cleveland opened its biggest lead, 41-35, on a 3-pointer by Zydrunas Ilgauskas with 1:03 left, but Boston scored the final seven points of the half.

After Delk hit a pair of jumpers, Pierce rebounded a missed a free throw, took two dribbles and heaved a shot from the Cavaliers' 3-point line that hit nothing but net to give the Celtics a one-point halftime lead.

"I usually shoot the half-court shot from my shoulder, but I saw that I was too far and I just put it behind my head and lofted it up," Pierce said. "Plays of the Week."

"I thought that Paul's shot at the end of the first half really got him going and made a difference in the game," Person added.

Rodney Rogers scored 15 points off the bench and Kenny Anderson added 13 for the Celtics, who shot 43 percent (35-of-81) from the field.

Boston converted 23 Cleveland turnovers into 24 points and held the Cavaliers to 35.5 percent shooting (27-of-76).

"It was an ugly game in the beginning," Delk said. "Neither one of us could make shots. But he had good defense and that's what really got us the lead and built us momentum .Once we played better defense, we got easier shots."

Chris Mihm scored 12 points and Lamond Murray 11 for the Cavaliers. Andre Miller never got untracked, registering just nine points on 4-of-14 shooting.

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