Final, Celtics 93-90: Kevin Garnett hits a big shot with 1:04 left for a 4-point lead and the Celtics hang on to seal a surprisingly thrilling win. Kyrie Irving was sparkling in the fourth quarter with 13 of his 21 points. Anderson Varejao finished with 20 points and 20 rebounds.
Fourth quarter, 1:18, Celtics 89-87: The Celtics have found themselves in another war with the Cavaliers, getting outscored 29-13 in the quarter and having nothing left to defend Kryie Irving, who is making all the plays.
Fourth quarter, 5:49, Celtics 80-73: The Cavaliers are on a 15-4 run to begin the quarter and the Celtics again can't find the basket. They are 2-for-9 shooting in the period with two turnovers. They are going to need some late-game heroics to seal this one.
Fourth quarter, 8:25, Celtics 76-64: Boston is 0-for-6 shooting to begin the quarter and the Cavaliers have responded with a 6-0 run to make it interesting. The Celtics are missing some easy shots while they are allowing Cleveland to dominate the boards. Anderson Varejao has 20 points and 18 rebounds for the Cavaliers while Kyrie Irving has 10 points and six assists.
End of third quarter, Celtics 76-58: The Celtics are trying to apply the finishing blows to the Cavaliers but remember, they led by 11 with six minutes left and blew that lead, so expect Doc Rivers to play his starters heavy minutes despite tomorrow's home game against Toronto. Ray Allen scored 12 points in the third period for Boston.
Third quarter, 2:59, Celtics 72-53: Celtics are making sure they hold on to this lead, using a standout night from Jermaine O'Neal (12 points) and a 9-point period from Ray Allen to lead by double digits. Anderson Varejao has 18 points and 15 rebounds for Cleveland.
Third quarter, 8:14, Celtics 63-44: The Celtics appear like they are on a mission to put the Cavavliers away early, starting the half on a 12-5 run. Ray Allen has 6 points in the surge after going scoreless in the first half. Paul Pierce has 11 points and Jermaine O'Neal has 10 in his first game back in a week. Anderson Varejao has 14 for Cleveland.
Halftime, Celtics 51-39: A solid defense effort from the Celtics in the second quarter, holding the Cavaliers to 5-for-17 shooting and just 15 points as they continue to shoot well from the perimeter. Eight Celtics have scored and the bench already has 23 points, including 8 from Brandon Bass. Paul Pierce leads the Celtics with 9 while Ray Allen has gone scoreless but has five assists.
Second quarter, 5:10, Celtics 37-33: Cavaliers on a 7-0 run as Anderson Varejao continues to burn the Celtics with his activity. He has 14 points and 5 rebounds while the rest of the Cavs are 5-for-16 shooting with 19 points. Kyrie Irving has 6 points and has already attempted four free throws, as many as the entire Celtics team.
Second quarter, 7:49, Celtics 37-26: The defense is beginning to step up, forcing Samardo Samuels and Anderson Varejao into playmakers, which are not their roles. E'Twaun Moore has drained a 3-pointer and is playing solid defense against Kyrie Irving. The bench has already scored 19 points.
End of first quarter, Celtics 28-24: Both teams are shooting over 56 percent from the field but the Celtics have to find a way to prevent Cleveland but getting easy layups. They have 10 points in the paint, and Anderson Varejao has dominated his matchup with Jermaine O'Neal, scoring 10. Paul Pierce leads Boston with 9.
First quarter, 1:51, Celtics 25-20: The Celtics are shooting 61.1 percent from the field and Mickael Pietrus has come off the bench for two quick 3-pointers while Paul Pierce has 8 points. The Cavaliers are 9-for-15 shooting but Kyrie Irving has yet to score in 10 minutes.
First quarter, 4:30, Celtics 17-15: This looks to be a higher scoring game than Sunday's matchup but the Celtics still have no answer for Anderson Varejao, who already has 8 points and 4 rebounds in seven minutes. Paul Pierce has 8 points for the Celtics.