CELTICS120

CAVALIERS88

CELTICS LEADING SCORERS

Ray Allen (25), Paul Pierce (21), Kevin Garnett (18)

CELTICS LEADING REBOUNDERS

Pierce (11), Kendrick Perkins (7)

PLAY OF THE GAME

Showing off his trademark form, Allen buried two consecutive threes early in the third quarter, giving the Celts a 56-44 lead. Boston simply took off after that.

HOOP HEAVEN

Cleveland fans wondered why there was so much fuss about Rajon Rondo when he had zero points at halftime. But Rondo abused various defenders during a 16 point second half.

OFF THE PINE

Glen Big Baby Davis again proved much more valuable off the bench than the aging, overrated Rasheed Wallace. Davis scored 15 points. Rasheed was scoreless and, as usual, was a defensive liability.

A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT

Cavaliers fans couldn't get to the exits fast enough in the fourth quarter.

THEY SAID IT

"Everything is based on our defense. We don't even worry about the offense." — Garnett

WHAT'S NEXT

Unexpectedly leading the series, 3-2, the Celts can close it out at the Garden Friday night (8 p.m.)

— MIKE GRENIER

THE BIG NUMBER

3 FOR 14: What the unstoppable LeBron James shot from the field. Must be the elbow.

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