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The Celtics took yet another loss Friday night to the Cleveland Cavaliers as they dropped their fourth straight and seventh out of their last nine. The Cavaliers were in complete control of this one too as they beat up on the Celtics for a 98-83 win. The Celtics have now fallen into third place in the Eastern Conference behind Cleveland and Orlando.
Kevin Garnett led the scoring for the struggling Celtics tonight with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Paul Pierce had 11 points, Ray Allen added 12, and Kendrick Perkins had 13 points. Rajon Rondo also dished out 13 assists. There was once again not much of a spark off the bench tonight with only Eddie House and Leon Powe having eight points each. The Celtics never led in this game and the Cavs were up by as much as 20 at one point.
The Cavs were led by none other than Lebron James who had 38 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. Anderson Verejao had 14 points and nine rebounds and Mo Williams 13 points. Daniel Gibson had 10 points off the bench as well. The Cavs won their 19th straight game at home tonight while the Celtics continue to struggle in any building they play in.
The Celtics really need to figure out what’s going on and what their struggles exactly are. They are having difficulty executing in the fourth quarter but other than that there are no excuses for their losses right now, especially to some of the weaker teams. The Celtics will once again try to get back on track Sunday against the Raptors up in Canada.