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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