BOSTON (AP) -- Can't beat them. Can't join them, either.
Paul Pierce scored 30 points with 12 rebounds and eight assists
on Friday night to lead Boston to a 107-82 victory over Cleveland,
which had five former Celtics on the roster but lost to them for
the 13th consecutive time.
"Once we got into the game, it didn't matter," Boston coach
Jim O'Brien said. "They're just the enemy."
Boston held rookie phenom LeBron James to 19 points on 7-for-19
shooting. Tony Battie had 10 points and 13 rebounds in the his
first game back since the Dec. 15 trade that sent him to Cleveland
along with Eric Williams and Kedrick Brown for Ricky Davis, Chris
Mihm and Michael Stewart.
Cleveland opened the season 6-18 but has gone 5-7 since.
"Both teams had anxiety about trying to compete against former
players, especially myself," Williams said. "We still have a
young team that doesn't understand what it takes. But we'll get
Davis came off the bench with 16 points a day after ripping into
Cleveland, calling the team and the city "the black hole."
"It was terrible over there. The organization. No system. The
town. Everything. The GM. All of it is kind of backward. It's good
to be in a winning organization that has a system and knows what's
going on," he said. "(Boston is) a step up in everything ...
class, coaches, owners, GMs, players, winning, tradition,
After the comments were published, O'Brien sat him down and told
him to let his playing speak for him.
"It's over. It's done," Davis said after the game. "I'm in a
comfortable spot and I feel good."
The Celtics used a 14-2 run in the first quarter to turn an
11-10 deficit into a 24-13 lead. Cleveland came within six points
in the second and seven points in the third. The Celtics led 63-53
before scoring eight consecutive points to put the game away.
"That was a bad loss," Cavaliers coach Paul Silas said. "We
just didn't compete, and that's the first game this year I can say
we didn't compete."
Pierce was fined $7,500 by the NBA for throwing and kicking
a basketball into the stands against Orlando on Wednesday. Pierce
received a technical foul for throwing the ball into the stands
with 6:29 remaining in the third quarter of a 101-93 win over the
Magic. He also kicked the ball into the stands at the end of the
game. ... Battie was called for a technical foul in the third for
swinging from the rim after a dunk. ... In the other trade between
the teams, the Celtics got Jumaine Jones from Cleveland for Bruno
Sundov and J.R. Bremer in July. Sundov was inactive with an injury
on Friday night.