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Fast Break: Celtics – Cavs 05.03.10 at 11:02 pm ET
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The Celtics bounced back from their Game 1 loss with a 104-86 victory over the Cavs in Game 2 in Cleveland. They will head back to Boston on Friday for Game 3 with the series split, 1-1.

LeBron James gave credit to his teammates when he was awarded the MVP trophy before the game, but it was the Celtics that won with a total team effort. All of the starters scored in double-digits, Rajon Rondo dished 19 assists, and Rasheed Wallace provided a critical spark off the bench with 17 points in just 18 minutes.

On the defensive end, the Celtics held James to 24 points (13 through three quarters). The C’s also outrebounded the Cavs, 43-29.

First Quarter: Celtics 26 – Cavaliers 22

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

First quarter key stats
Field goal percentage: Celtics 66.7% – Cavaliers 37.5%
Turnovers: Celtics 7 – Cavaliers 3

Doc River said Rasheed Wallace had to play better. It took just a few seconds to show he had listened. Wallace replaced Kendrick Perkins 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 (3 points, 1-4 FG), but the team committed seven turnovers in the quarter, giving up some of their defensive edge. Paul Pierce 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.

Second Quarter: Celtics 52 – Cavaliers 48

First half leading scorers
Celtics: Rasheed Wallace – 13 points (5-5 FG, 3-3 3PG)
Cavs: Antawn Jamison – 11 points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3PG, 2-4 FT)

First half key stats
Turnovers: Celtics 10 – Cavaliers 7
Fouls: Celtics 16 – Cavaliers 4

Wallace carried his momentum into the second quarter, scoring five minutes in the first four minutes. Even though the C’s opened the quarter on a 9-0 run to push their lead up to 35-22, the Cavs responded with a 10-3 stretch of their own to gain momentum. In spite of only eight points from James, the combination of Celtics turnovers and fouls allowed the Cavs to make their way back into the game. The Celtics committed 16 first half fouls, as well as 10 turnovers. Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Tony Allen had three fouls at halftime.

Third Quarter: Celtics 83 – Cavaliers 60

Leading scorers through three quarters
Celtics: Ray Allen – 20 points (7-11 FG, 3-5 3PG, 3-4 FT)
Cavs: Antawn Jamison – 13 points (5-8 FG), 1-2 3PG, 2-4 FT)

Key stats through three quarters
Turnovers: Celtics 14 – Cavaliers 12
Fouls: Celtics 20 – Cavaliers 10

After the Celtics got outscored, 36-24, in the third quarter of Game 1, they responded in Game 2 with a third quarter push of their own. The C’s outscored the Cavs 31-12, to take a 23-point lead. Records were reached and tempers flared during the stretch. Rondo tied Bob Cousy’s franchise mark with 19 assists in a postseason game. Kendrick Perkins and Anderson Varejao were issued double technicals when things got heated following the whistle. Minutes later, Varejao was called for a technical as Ray Allen drove to the basket. The Celtics committed just four fouls in the quarter, compared to 16 in the first half.

Final Score: Celtics 104 – Cavs 86

Leading scorers
Celtics: Ray Allen – 22 points (8-15 FG, 3-7 3PG, 3-4 FT)
Cavs: LeBron James – 24 points (7-15 FG, 0-4 3PG, 10-15 FT)

Key stats
Assists: Celtics 30 – Cavs 17 (Rondo, 19)
Fouls: Celtics 31 – Cavs 16

The Cavs diminished a 25-point lead with a 15-0 run late in the fourth quarter and got within nine points. The C’s went scoreless for over five minutes before Pierce snapped the skid. Doc Rivers called a timeout to group his team, which responded with an 11-5 run to end the game. Even though the Celtics were outscored, 26-21, in the final 12 minutes, they held on for an 18-point win. Ray Allen led the Celtics with 22 points, and it was Wallace who provided a huge spark with 17 points off the bench.

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Third Quarter Wrap: Celtics – Cavs 05.03.10 at 10:12 pm ET
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End of third quarter: Celtics 83 – Cavaliers 60

Leading scorers through three quarters
Celtics: Ray Allen – 20 points (7-11 FG, 3-5 3PG, 3-4 FT)
Cavs: Antawn Jamison – 13 points (5-8 FG), 1-2 3PG, 2-4 FT)

Key stats through three quarters
Turnovers: Celtics 14 – Cavaliers 12
Fouls: Celtics 20 – Cavaliers 10

After the Celtics got outscored, 36-24, in the third quarter of Game 1, they responded in Game 2 with a third quarter push of their own. The C’s outscored the Cavs 31-12, to take a 23-point lead. Records were reached and tempers flared during the stretch. Rajon Rondo tied Bob Cousy’s franchise mark with 19 assists in a postseason game. Kendrick Perkins and Anderson Varejao were issued double technicals when things got heated following the whistle. Minutes later, Varejao was called for a technical as Ray Allen drove to the basket. The Celtics committed just four fouls in the quarter, compared to 16 in the first half.

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Halftime Wrap: Celtics – Cavs 05.03.10 at 9:24 pm ET
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Halftime: Celtics 52 – Cavaliers 48

First half leading scorers
Celtics: Rasheed Wallace – 13 points (5-5 FG, 3-3 3PG)
Cavs: Antawn Jamison – 11 points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3PG, 2-4 FT)

First half key stats
Field goal percentage: Celtics 51.2% – Cavaliers 42.1%
Turnovers: Celtics 10 – Cavaliers 7
Fouls: Celtics 16 – Cavaliers 4

Rasheed Wallace carried his momentum into the second quarter, scoring five minutes in the first four minutes. Even though the C’s opened the quarter on a 9-0 run to push their lead up to 35-22, the Cavs responded with a 10-3 stretch of their own to gain momentum. In spite of only 8 points from LeBron James, the combination of Celtics turnovers and fouls has allowed the Cavs to make their way back into the game. The Celtics committed 16 first half fouls, as well as 10 turnovers. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Tony Allen have three fouls.

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First Quarter Wrap: Celtics – Cavs 05.03.10 at 8:45 pm ET
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First quarter: Celtics 26 – Cavaliers 22

Leading scorers
Celtics: Rajon Rondo – 6 points (2-2 FG, 1-1 3PG)
Cavs: Antawn Jamison – 6 points (3-5 FG), Anthony Parker – 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. So far, he’s listened. Wallace replaced Kendrick Perkins 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 (3 points, 1-4 FG), but the team committed seven turnovers in the quarter, giving up some of their defensive edge.

Paul Pierce 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.

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Fast Break: Celtics – Cavs 05.01.10 at 10:57 pm ET
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The Celtics surrendered an 11-point halftime lead and lost Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, 101-93, to the Cavaliers in Cleveland.

All eyes were on LeBron James — and his elbow — as the series opened. James had a quiet first quarter (1-5 FG) but finished with a game-high 35 points. He shot 12-for-24 from the floor,  3-for-6 from 3-point range, and 8-for-11 from the line.

The C’s were led by Rajon Rondo, who posted 27 points and 12 assists. Rondo’s most impressive offensive contribution was at the free throw line, where he hit 12 of his 14 attempts.

In spite of a dominating first half, the C’s were outscored 58-39 in the second half, as Mo Williams and James propelled the Cavs.

Turning point: With the Cavs up 96-93, Shaquille O’Neal missed a layin with 1:01 to go. However the Celtics failed to rebound, and O’Neal grabbed not one, but two offensive boards. He made the follow up shot over Kendrick Perkins to give the Cavs a critical five-point lead.

First Quarter: Celtics 26 – Cavaliers 20

It was Paul Pierce, not James, who dominated the game early. He scored eight of the Celtics first 10 points, shooting 4-for-5 from the floor. Then Rondo took over. He leads all players with nine points, including a 3-pointer to end the quarter. He also dished a game-high five assists.

James led the Cavs with seven points, but five of them came at the line. He shot just 1-for-5 from the field.

The Celtics outshot the Cavs, 52.4% to 30.0%, and are outrebounding them, 16-12. The C’s, however, were called for three more fouls than the Cavs. Glen Davis has three personals. Kendrick Perkins received stitches above his lip after suffering a cut early in the first quarter.

Halftime: Celtics 54 – Cavaliers 43

The first half of Game 1 belonged to Rondo. The fiery point guard leads all players with 19 points and eight assists. He shot 6-for-8 from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

After scoring seven points in the first quarter, James doubled his total in the second by shooting 3-for-5 from the floor.

Both teams have key players with foul trouble, although the Celtics had the bigger disadvantage. Glen Davis was called for four personals in the first half while Pierce and Rasheed Wallace have three apiece. For the Cavs, O’Neal was sidelined with three.

Tony Allen was assessed a technical foul from the bench for arguing and offensive foul called on Rondo.

Third quarter: Cavaliers 79 – Celtics 78

The Celtics lost control of their double-digit lead and trail by one entering the fourth quarter. James hit the go-ahead basket as time expired.

Led by 12 third quarter points from Williams, the Cavs outscored the Celtics, 36-24, in the third. James scored another nine to lead his team with 23 points.

Rondo continued to lead the Celtics with 24 points. He was sent to the bench, however, when he picked up his fourth foul in the third. Davis also had four fouls, while Pierce and Wallace had three apiece.

Fourth Quarter: Cavaliers 101, Celtics 93

The Cavs continued their offensive attack in the final 12 minutes. They outscored the Celtics, 22-15, in the fourth quarter to claim the comeback victory. In the end, the Celtics were whistled for 25 fouls, compared to 17 against the Cavs. Every Celtics starter except for Ray Allen was called for at least three fouls. The Cavs outscored the C’s, 21-17, at the line.

Game 2 will be played in Cleveland on Monday.

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Third Quarter Wrap: Celtics – Cavs 05.01.10 at 10:08 pm ET
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Third quarter: Cavaliers 79 – Celtics 78

The Celtics lost control of their double-digit lead and trail by one entering the fourth quarter. LeBron James hit the go-ahead basket as time expired.

Led by 12 third quarter points from Mo Williams, the Cavs outscored the Celtics, 36-24, in the third. James scored another nine to lead his team with 23 points.

Rajon Rondo continues to lead the Celtics with 24 points. He was sent to the bench, however, when he picked up his fourth foul in the third. Glen Davis also has four fouls, while Paul Pierce and Rasheed Wallace have three apiece.

The Celtics are 1-0 in the postseason when trailing after three quarters.

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Second Quarter Wrap: Celtics – Cavs 05.01.10 at 9:21 pm ET
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Halftime: Celtics 54 – Cavaliers 43

The first half of Game 1 belonged to Rajon Rondo. The fiery point guard leads all players with 19 points and eight assists. He shot 6-for-8 from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

After scoring seven points in the first quarter, LeBron James doubled his total in the second by shooting 3-for-5 from the floor.

Both teams have key players with foul trouble, although the Celtics have the bigger disadvantage. Glen Davis was called for four personals in the first half while Paul Pierce and Rasheed Wallace have three apiece. For the Cavs, Shaquille O’Neal was sidelined with three.

Tony Allen was assessed a technical foul from the bench for arguing and offensive foul called on Rondo.

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