Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/13

Game 1: Friday, December 13th
Game 2: Saturday, December 21st
Game 3: Friday, March 28th
Game 4: Saturday, March 29th

Celtics 110

(40-34, 17-21 away)

Cavaliers 106

(14-59, 11-25 home)

    Coverage: FSOH

    7:30 PM ET, March 29, 2003

    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

    1 2 3 4 T
    BOS 23 30 33 24110
    CLE 26 21 23 36106

    Top Performers

    Bos: P. Pierce 34 Pts, 9 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Cle: R. Davis 38 Pts, 7 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Blk

    Celtics batter Cavs for second consecutive night

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Paul Pierce was so concerned about his missed free throws, a triple-double wasn't even in his thoughts.

    Paul Pierce
    Shooting Guard
    Boston Celtics
    70 25.7 7.3 4.3 .414 .807

    Pierce scored 34 points and had a length-of-the-court assist late in the game to help the Boston Celtics hold off the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-106 Saturday night.

    ''I didn't even think of it,'' Pierce said of needing one rebound and one assist for a triple-double. ''I was focusing on getting a win and knew I missed a lot of free throws. That's what was going through my head.''

    Pierce went 10-for-17 from the line, but hit six 3-pointers as Boston shot 14-for-27 from beyond the arc and broke a tie with Orlando for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

    Ricky Davis scored 38, but missed seven of his last eight shots for Cleveland. The Cavaliers lost to the Celtics for the second consecutive night and have lost 10 in a row overall against Boston.

    The Cavs, who need two victories in their final nine games to avoid the franchise's worst record of 15-67, had a three-game home winning streak snapped.

    Davis scored nine points as Cleveland opened the fourth quarter with 23-6 run to take a 93-92 lead.

    Pierce hit a 16-foot jumper to put Boston ahead for good, 99-98 with 2:30 to play.

    Antoine Walker later stole an inbounds pass by Jumaine Jones and fed Walter McCarty for an easy dunk. McCarty hit a 3-pointer for a 104-99 lead with 48.9 left.

    ''I made a key turnover,'' Jones said. ''The difference was their key players made key plays down the stretch.''

    The Cavs pulled to 104-102 with 28.5 left as rookie Carlos Boozer, who had 20 points and a season-best 16 rebounds, scored on a dunk and Milt Palacio hit a free throw.

    Pierce then threw an inbounds pass the length of the court for an uncontested dunk by Eric Williams. He later added two free throws to secure the victory.

    McCarty shot 6-for-8 from beyond the arc and finished with 20 points, Walker scored 18 and Cleveland native J.R Bremer had 13 points for Boston.

    ''We moved Walter to center and used pick-and-rolls where (Zydrunas) Ilgauskas had to help,'' Pierce said. ''A big guy is not used to getting out on a 3-point shooter.''

    The Celtics had snapped a season-high six-game losing streak with a 104-95 victory over the Cavs in Boston on Friday. That streak was Boston's longest since a 10-game skid that led former coach and team president Rick Pitino to resign in January 2001.

    ''Our goal was one, to get off the losing streak, and then focus on getting two,'' Pierce said.

    Boston used a 21-8 run to take a 53-47 lead at halftime.

    Game notes

    Six of Boston's remaining nine games are against teams currently holding playoff spots. ... Celtics guard Bimbo Coles went scoreless in 13 minutes, He said there had been no repercussions since he said the Cavs were purposely trying to lose when he was released by Cleveland last month. ''Let's just say I'm tight with every Cleveland player, that's all,'' Coles said. ...Cavs rookie guard Dajuan Wagner, out for the season after knee surgery and son of former NBA guard Milt Wagner, would not comment on the drug arrest of his stepfather, Leonard Paulk, in Camden, N.J. ... Ilgauskas had five blocks to pass Brad Daugherty (398) for fifth on the team's career list with 402. ... Davis averaged 33 points and Pierce 27 in Boston's four victories over the Cavs.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 110 106
    FGM-FGA 40-86 (.465) 43-85 (.506)
    3PM-3PA 14-27 (.519) 9-18 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 16-26 (.615) 11-14 (.786)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-42 10-43
    Assists 24 27
    Turnovers 11 14
    Steals 11 8
    Blocks 4 8
    Fast Break Points 6 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (2/0) 22 (4/0)

    Top Performers

    Paul Pierce Pierce
    Points: 34
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Ricky Davis Davis
    Points: 38
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1