Mo Williams produced 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to rally the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Boston Celtics 108-88, finally snapping their longtime losing streak at the TD Garden. LeBron James led Cleveland with 36 points while racking up a side of nine assists and seven rebounds. “We haven’t had much success here,” said James. “We’ve lost nine times coming into this building. So it gets the monkey off our backs. But don’t read too much into it.”
Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo contributed most of the scoring for Boston with 21 and 19. In the process of earning another double-double, Rondo scored 10 of Boston’s initial 12 in the first four minutes of regulation. After a dominant first quarter the Cavaliers were eventually able to wear down the depleted Celtics. They dominated the final 12 minutes 35-14 knowing the C’s had nowhere else to turn without captain Paul Pierce in the lineup.
“They were a lot more aggressive in the second half. They made adjustments to stop Rondo’s penetration,” said Kevin Garnett. “We knew it was a real big test. We can’t play one half and relax.” The Cavs are scheduled for a game against the Raptors tonight in Toronto as the Celts prepare to play host to the New Jersey Nets the following day.