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Final: Cavaliers 88, Celtics 87

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  January 29, 2012 06:13 PM

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Final, Cavaliers 88-87: Paul Pierce misses a shot that may have been after the buzzer but this one will stick with the Celtics for a long time. They were held scoreless for the final 4:25 and plays like the Ray Allen missed layup and the Kevin Garnett travel after an offensive rebound proved costly. A bad loss.

Fourth quarter, 2.6, Cavaliers 88-87: Kyrie Irving makes a spinning layup with 2.6 seconds left to give Cavs the lead. Celtics haven't scored since the 4:25 mark.

Fourth quarter, 22.2, Celtics 87-86: Ray Allen misses a 3-pointer and Kevin Garnett travels after getting the rebound. Cavs miss the shot get the rebound and call timeout.

Fourth quarter, 1:38, Celtics 87-84: The Cavaliers are on an 8-0 run and Anderson Varejao just cut it to three with a layup after Ray Allen missed an uncontested layup that may have put the game away. Celtics ball.

Fourth quarter, 3:42, Celtics 87-80: The Celtics are trying to hold off the Cavaliers and have used Ray Allen and Brandon Bass to do it. Byron Scott helped the cause by holding Kyrie Irving and Antawn Jamison out for a key stretch of the fourth quarter. Irving has 21 points in 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter, 8:33, Celtics 74-71: The Cavaliers keep hanging around and have made a run with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen out of the game. Mychel Thompson scored the first four points of his NBA career on consecutive jumpers.

End of third quarter, Celtics 70-62: A 9-0 run created some distance but the Celtics scored just 1 points in the final 2:12 of the quarter so this game is still very much up for grabs. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen each have 18 points from Kyrie Irving looks like a franchise point guard with 15 points, 5 assists and 2 rebounds.

Third quarter, 2:32, Celtics 67-57: The Celtics are on a 9-0 run fueled by Ray Allen and Avery Bradley. Bradley just went to the locker room favoring his right ankle after a spill attempting a layup. He has 6 points and 2 assists. Paul Pierce has 15 points for the Celtics.

Third quarter, 5:03, Celtics 63-57: The Celtics are trying to create a little space between them and the Cavaliers as Ray Allen has made a sparkling return with 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Kevin Garnett has 14 for Boston while Paul Pierce has 13 but six turnovers. Anderson Varejao has 14 points and Kyrie Irving 13 for Cleveland.

Halftime, Cavaliers 44-43: Cleveland has come to play and is pounding the Celtics in the paint with a stunning 32 of its points. Anderson Varejao has been the main beneficiary with 12 points while Kyrie Irving has 9 and Omri Casspi with 7. Ray Allen leds the Celtics with 12 points and Paul Pierce has 11 with six turnovers. Kevin Garnett has 8 points.

Second quarter, 2:29, Tied at 37: The Celtics have already committed 10 turnovers, a whopping six of those by Paul Pierce and they continue to let Cleveland hang around. The Cavaliers have points from seven players, including Omri Casspi with 7 points and Kyrie Irving with 6.

Second quarter, 7:01, Celtics 33-31: These aren't last year's Cavaliers. They are improved and are using various players to push the Celtics. Ramon Sessions has 5 points off the bench while Omri Casspi also have 5. Ray Allen has returned from injury in stellar fashion, scoring 10 points with three rebounds in 10 minutes.

End of first quarter, Celtics 24-23: The Celtics made a defensive adjustment and held Cleveland to 4 points in the final 4:15 of the first quarter. The Celtics have been led by Paul Pierce with 7 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists while Ray Allen added 5 points in eight minutes. Anderson Varejao has 8 for Cleveland.

First quarter, 4:17, Cavaliers 19-15: A fast-paced game where defense is optional so far. The Cavaliers are shooting 60 percent (9 for 15) and Celtics nemesis Anderson Varejao already has 6 points and 3 rebounds. Ray Allen has 5 points in his return from a three-game injury absence.

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