Ray Allen hit 5-of-6 from downtown as Rajon Rondo produced all around for the Boston Celtics to send Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat home packing to watch the rest of the 2010 NBA playoffs from their living rooms. The 96-86 victory concluded the first five-game series won by head coach Doc Rivers. The C’s will move on to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals where LeBron James and the top ranked Cleveland Cavaliers will be waiting. Boston last saw Cleveland in the second round in 2008 en route to their 17th league Championship.
“I think it’s a great matchup. It’s great for basketball – such a classic series,” said captain Paul Pierce. “They’re the team to beat right now. They showed it through the course of the season the way they played. We know this is going to be a tough series, another really, really tough series.”
The Celtics found themselves up ten at the half. Miami took control in the third before Boston regained their composure down the stretch. Allen led the scoring campaign with 24 points as Peirce finished with 21. Rondo controlled the tempo with 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds. Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins owned the inside game with a combined 22 points and 14 boards.
Both Celtics and Cavs are set to rest for a few days before Game 1 at the Quicken Loans Arena this weekend. After handling the Chicago Bulls in five games, Cleveland is anxious and aware in regards to what they’re up against in round 2. “A lot of people are saying they’re too old, but we know they’re going to come out and give us their best shot,” said Antawn Jamison. “It’s going to be a hard-fought series. It should be fun.” Celtics vs. Cavaliers playoff tickets are available now!
LeBron James played floor general once again with 32 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to defeat the Indiana Pacers 99-94 last night at the Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs in their efforts earned the Central Division title for the second consecutive season.
“We have to cherish these moments and celebrate these moments,” said PG Mo Williams. “Our goal (last year) was so focused on a championship, we looked past clinching the division, clinching the playoffs and clinching home-court advantage. All that makes the main goal that much sweeter.” Cleveland was in control through most of the contest until the Pacers put the pressure on in the fourth. Despite a late fourth quarter run, Indiana was unable to pull ahead in light of their previous mistakes.
“The last two road games, we’ve given ourselves a chance to win in the fourth quarter and came up short against good teams,” said Pacers coach Jim O’Brien. “We’ve won our last three home games, so things are starting to pick up for us.” Indiana is next set to host the Detroit Pistons tomorrow night as the Cavaliers travel to Chicago to matchup with the Bulls at the United Center.
Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points to rally his Denver Nuggets past the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-116 in OT yesterday at the Quicken Loans Arena. LeBron James produced a game-high 43 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists, two steals and four blocks. Despite the monster stat line, it was Melo who finished strong in the end to halt the Cavs win streak at 13.
“It’s finally me being on the other end I guess,” said James. “I’m so used to being on the other end making shots and looking at guys. It’s a great player and a great shot. If I got any closer, I was going to foul him. Big shot.”
Kenyon Martin and Chauncey Billups helped Anthony with 18 apiece for Denver. JR Smith shot 50% from the field to collect 14 points off the bench. Cleveland will next match-up with the Charlotte Bobcats as the Nuggets continue their east road trip to DC for a game against the Wizards.
LeBron James produced quite the stat line yesterday to help his Cleveland Cavaliers claim victory over the Orlando Magic 115-106 on their home court. Along with his 32 points, James was able to collect eight rebounds, 13 assists and two steals. The league’s hottest team has now won 13 straight, improving their home record to an impressive 24-3.
Dwight Howard led the Magic with 19 points and 11 rebounds, mostly produced when the other ‘Superman,’ Shaquille O’Neal was sidelined due to foul trouble. Shaq came up with 10 points and six rebounds in just 19 minutes played.
O’Neal later decided to take a few shots at Howard after the game, saying “I don’t really consider it manning up until you play me straight up. I’ve never doubled anybody. So you tell me who the real Superman is.” The Magic will next take on the Detroit Pistons after the NBA All-Star break on Wednesday, February 17th as the Cavaliers play host to the Denver Nuggets the following day.
LeBron James took control at point guard and racked up 36 points and eight assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to coast past the Miami Heat 102-86 last night at the Quicken Loans Arena. With Delonte West and Mo Williams sidelined along with Daniel Gibson’s first quarter absence due to family matters, James was easily able to come in and play floor general for the Cavs to extend their win streak to 10.
“I knew I was going to have the ball in my hands a lot because I was the starting point guard or point forward, whatever you want to call it,” said James. “Like Magic (Johnson). I can go coast to coast and do a lot of things with the ball that point guards in this league can’t do.”
Dwayne Wade led Miami in scoring as always with 24 points. LeBron has now defeated Wade in 13 of 22 total career matchups. “This team is just better than us,” said Wade. “You have to be realistic. I understand this team has NBA championship aspirations. We don’t have that. We’re focusing on trying to get to the playoffs and this team is trying to get to the championship. It’s totally different.” The Cavs are set to host the New York Knicks tomorrow night as the Heat travel north to face the Chicago Bulls.
LeBron James came to play on his birthday with 48 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers edged out the Atlanta Hawks 106-101 last night at Quicken Loans Arena. Anderson Varejao wished his buddy a happy 25th with his first career three-pointer in the final seconds for the go-ahead dagger. “That’s a great gift,” said James. “I had Andy in the gift exchange and so he paid me back. That’s what friends are for.”
Varejao collected 14 points and nine rebounds in his 33 minutes played. Mo Williams and Shaquille O’Neal scored a combined 24, respectively. The Hawks were dominating throughout the contest until Cleveland surged back to outscore them by 13 in the fourth. Joe Johnson scored 35 points for the Hawks as Mike Bibby followed up with 20.
“This is a game we should’ve won,” said Johnson. “We had some unfortunate events that happened on the court and it happens. Unfortunately, we have to deal with it.” The Hawks will try to build their confidence back New Years Day against the New York Knicks. The Cavs are next set to matchup with the New Jersey Nets on Saturday.
The defending NFL Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers may be down and out four weeks from now, following their most recent 13-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns Thursday night. Ben Roethlisberger was sacked eight times in the midst of their dismal efforts. Pittsburgh will likely need to find another form of motivation to finish out their 2009 regular season campaign.
“To lose five straight coming off a Super Bowl from last year is embarrassing,” said WR Hines Ward. “There’s nothing fun about losing games, especially five in a row. We’re better than that. We should play better than that. With three games left, you’re going to see who really wants to go out here and play for the pride of this organization and this city and who doesn’t want to be around here.”
Cleveland produced all 13 total points in the first half. From there the Steelers couldn’t get anything going offensively, settling with just two field goals to end the second and third quarters. Yesterday’s game marked the Browns second win, giving players and fans alike a better sense of accomplishment this season. Pittsburgh will next matchup against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, December 20th as the Browns travel to Kansas City to meet up with the Chiefs.
The Baltimore Ravens racked up two touchdowns and a field goal in the third quarter while holding the Cleveland Browns scoreless, resulting in a 16-0 Monday Night Football Ravens victory at M&T Bank Stadium. Ray Rice ran for 12 yards to claim the initial TD, which was followed by a Dawan Landry interception for six more. Baltimore posted their final points eight minutes into the third with a 44 yard boot through the uprights courtesy of Steve Hauschka.
“I guess I agree it wasn’t pretty,” said QB Joe Flacco. “It was an ugly win, but that’s the way some wins are in the NFL.” Flacco threw for 155 yards from 13 passes completed. Luckily his defense pulled most of the weight yesterday, holding Cleveland’s Brady Quinn to 99 yards and two picks. The 1-8 Browns are scheduled to face the Detroit Lions on Sunday, November 22nd at Ford Field. Baltimore is set to host the undefeated Indianapolis Colts the same day.
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Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini recently announced that the young Brady Quinn will return as starting quarterback for their upcoming Monday Night Football game against the Baltimore Ravens. Quinn was benched after just 10 quarters of play and replaced by Derek Anderson heading into the second half of their first matchup with Baltimore. After seeing Anderson post a league low 36.2 QB rating, Mangini is convinced that Quinn will be able to hold the spot for the remainder of the season.
“He’s had good weeks of practice,” said Mangini. “He’s worked hard since the first transition was made. I look forward to him taking advantage of this opportunity and helping us improve.”
The Browns organization is 1-7 so far this year with just five offensive touchdowns (a number two less than the New Orleans Saints defense alone). Quinn is definitely eager to get back on the field for another chance. ”I’m excited to be a part of Monday night,” said Quinn. ”Every team in the NFL is tough, them especially. We’ve got our hands full right now.”
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The Cavaliers after finishing the 2008 regular season 39–2 in Cleveland started their 2009 campaign with a loss on their own stage. The Boston Celtics came into the Quicken Loans Arena last night and handled the Cavs 95-89 to officially open the 2009-2010 NBA regular season. The Celtics were down early but rallied back and proceeded to carry a double digit lead through most of the second and third quarters.
Paul Pierce led Boston with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett followed with 16 and 13, respectively. “It was a good Day One,” said Pierce. “Psychologically, you want to go into a team’s building and win, especially in a place where we haven’t won in a few years. It’s great to come here and get a win. We know when we come here next time that we can do it again.” The victory marked the first Celtics victory in Cleveland since 2004.
Cavaliers franchise player LeBron James netted 38 points while racking up eight assists, four blocks, and four rebounds. Shaquille O’Neal certainly proved to be in shape and ready in a Cavs uniform with 10 points and 10 boards. The difference maker in yesterday’s contest was points off the bench. Celtics reserves scored a combined 26 points to Cleveland’s 10. “I liked what happened tonight because everyone contributed,” said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. “It was as much of a team win as you can get.”
The Celtics are ready for a string of home games after a great start on the road. The TD Garden will welcome the Charlotte Bobcats tonight before the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Hornets make their way to town October 30th and November 1st.
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