First impressions: Cavaliers 108, Celtics 88
BOSTON -- Instant reaction after the Cleveland Cavaliers posted a 108-88 triumph over the Boston Celtics Thursday night at the TD Garden:
How the game was won: LeBron Jame scored a game-high 36 points on 11-of-23 shooting (11 of 15 at the charity stripe) with seven rebounds and nine assists, while Mo Williams poured in 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers rallied in the second half to make this a laugher. Ray Allen scored a team-high 21 points, while Rajon Rondo added 19 points and 11 assists in defeat.
Turning point: The Celtics led the entire third quarter, including by as much as nine after a Rajon Rondo alley-oop to Ray Allen with 7:51 to play in that frame. But Cleveland whittled the lead to one before the end of the quarter and Mo Williams made three consecutive 3-pointers to highlight a 20-9 run to open the fourth frame, giving the Cavaliers a double-digit lead with 5:28 to go.
Stat of the game: Williams and James combined to shoot 8 of 15 from 3-point land as the Cavs connected on 10 of 21 overall (compared to Boston's 6 for 18).
Unsung hero: Even in a loss, Marquis Daniels battle through the flu to log 29 minutes and do as much as he could to slow James.
What it means: The Celtics endure another disaster of a second half against a quality opponent, falling to 0-5 at home vs. the top four teams in the Eastern Conference this season (0-2 vs. the Magic and Hawks). Boston seemingly waved a white flag after the Cavs rallied ahead in the fourth quarter and stormed to a 20-point triumph.
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