SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

April 13, 2009

Celtics have no answer for James, Cavaliers


WINNERCleveland 107

LOSERBoston 76

CELTICS LEADING SCORERS

Paul Pierce (14), Glen Davis (12).

CELTICS LEADING REBOUNDERS

Kendrick Perkins (6), Rajon Rondo (4).

PLAY OF THE GAME

LeBron James drained a fadeaway three-pointer over the outstreched arms of Tony Allen to put the Cavs up by 26 points heading into the fourth quarter — and essentially put the game on ice.

HOOP HEAVEN

James continued his MVP caliber season by scoring 29 points, dishing out seven assists and grabbing four rebounds.

ON THE PINE

Ray Allen scored just six points for the Celts and threw a retaliatory elbow that connected with of the Cavs' Anderson Verajo.

REMEMBER THIS ...

LeBron and Co. arrogantly danced on the sidelines during yesterday's fourth quarter. Just remember, "King" James: you haven't won anything yet.

THEY SAID IT

"Does anybody have a Masters update?" — Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who did not want to discuss his team's lackluster performance after the game.

WHAT'S NEXT

The Celtics travel to Philadelphia tomorrow to take on the Sixers.

— DAN HARRISON

THE BIG NUMBER

5: The uniform number of Kevin Garnett — whom the Celtics will need to be healthy in the playoffs if they hope to beat the Cavs in Cleveland.