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First Quarter Wrap: Celtics – Cavs

First quarter: Celtics [1] 26 – Cavaliers [2] 22

Leading scorers
Celtics: Rajon Rondo [3] – 6 points (2-2 FG, 1-1 3PG)
Cavs: Antawn Jamison [4] – 6 points (3-5 FG), Anthony Parker [5] – 6 points (2-4 FG, 2-2 3PG)

Key stats
Field goal percentage: Celtics 66.7% – Cavaliers 37.5%
Turnovers: Celtics 7 – Cavaliers 3
Fouls: Celtics 6 – Cavaliers 4

Doc River said Rasheed Wallace had to play better [6]. So far, he’s listened. Wallace replaced Kendrick Perkins [7] in the first quarter and hit his first basket (a jumper) less than a minute later. He posted 5 points and 1 rebound in two minutes.

The Celtics were successful in containing LeBron James [8] (3 points, 1-4 FG), but the team committed seven turnovers in the quarter, giving up some of their defensive edge.

Paul Pierce [9] picked up two fouls in 10 seconds – one trying to stop James at the basket, the other an offensive call against Anthony Parker.

Rajon Rondo quieted the Cavs crowd with a 3-pointer as time ran down to push the C’s lead up to four.