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Sounds of the game… Celtics 105, Cavaliers 94

Before Friday’s game, Celtics [1] assistant coach Armond Hill showed an inspirational video to the team, aimed specifically at young big men Leon Powe [2] and Glen Davis [3].

No, it wasn’t Rocky or even Hoosiers. It was a film of the Celtics scoring basket after basket with their big men executing great interior passes. The result – the undermanned Celtics outscored the Cleveland Cavaliers [4] 58-22 in the paint and rolled to a stunning 11-point win, 105-94, over the Eastern Conference leaders.

The Celtics didn’t have Kevin Garnett [5] but they did have Leon Powe. The Celtics didn’t have Brian Scalabrine [6] but they did have Glen Davis, at least for 17 minutes before he was ejected for a flagrant Type 2 foul with 9:09 remaining in the third quarter.

But Doc Rivers [7], who said at the shootaround in the morning that this would be a phenomenal win, had one of his best games of the season as head coach of the defending NBA champions. Just ask Mike Brown [8], his counterpart on the Cleveland bench.

Brown said the Celtics deserved all the credit for pulling together and pulling off the upset, even if it was on their home parquet [9].

For his part, Doc Rivers gave credit to Armond Hill for showing the video and his players for taking the lead [10].

Paul Pierce said Powe (20 points, 11 rebounds) and Davis (10 points) showed the depth the Celtics have [11].

Pierce said Davis’ ejection in the third quarter fired up the Green [12].

Leon Powe said he knew he was going to have to pick it up when Big Baby was thrown out [13].

Glen Davis said his foul of Anderson Varejao was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time [14].

LeBron James said, with or without Garnett, the Celtics are a great team [15].

King James said it’s hard to believe home team has won 15 straight in the series [16].