Rajon Rondo  has 14 points and eight assists, while Ray Allen  has 13 on 5-for-7 shooting and 3-for-3 from 3-point range. Kevin Garnett  also had a big half with eight points and six rebounds. LeBron James  leads all scorers with 21 points.
Doc Rivers  played Rondo and Nate Robinson  together in the backcourt for a significant stretch of the second quarter. The Cavalier guards presented an excellent opportunity for Rivers to try the alignment as Mo Williams  and Delonte West  don’t present matchup problems with their size. Robinson scored six quick points off jump shots on the pick and roll.
Shaquille O’Neal  went to the locker room halfway through the second quarter. He will miss the rest of the game after suffering a thumb injury. Former Celtic Leon Powe  made his season debut for the Cavaliers and received a standing ovation from the crowd. Powe had been rehabbing after knee surgery.