Rajon Rondo dished out 19 assists and 13 points to lead the Boston Celtics past the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-86 yesterday at the Quicken Loans Arena. The recent victory eliminates the Cavaliers home court advantage with the series now tied at 1-1 heading to Boston. The C’s increased the gap to 25 early in the fourth before withstanding a late Cleveland surge to solidify the W. “We did everything we set out to do,” said Ray Allen. “We’ve talked all year about closing out games. When we do that, we’re pretty good.”
Allen shot 8-for-15 from the field to rack up 22 points. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins all were able to produce double digit numbers. Rasheed Wallace came to play last night after being called out by Celtics coach Doc Rivers to net 7-of-8 for 17 points during his 18 minutes on the floor. The real momentum shift in favor of the Celtics came in the 3rd quarter when they outscored Cleveland 31-12. The Cavs shot 31% to Boston’s 59% during the block.
“We’ve got to fight better than what we did tonight. Coming from behind in the first game, coming from behind in the second game, that’s not good enough,” said Cavaliers coach Mike Brown. “That’s not good enough for me or anybody in that locker room. If we expect to win that series, we’ve gotta bring more of a sense of urgency than what we brought tonight. Plain and simple they kicked our behinds.” Game 3 is set for Friday, May 7th at the TD Garden.