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LeBron James became the youngest player to ever reach 10,000 points at 23 years and 59 days, but his 26 points on this night were not enough in a 92-87 victory for the Celtics. James failed to score 30 points for the first time in his last 10 games against the C’s. Boston improved to 2-2 against Cleveland this season.
Former Celtics and new Cavs acquisitions Delonte West and Wally Szczerbiak both played well despite the loss. West started at point guard (note: he is not a true PG) and had 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists in 36 minutes. Wally finished with 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists off the bench.
The prize from the recent trade to Cleveland, Ben Wallace, got into early foul trouble and never got off ont he right foot. He finshed 6 points and 6 rebounds in 25 minutes of play. Playing alongside Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Big Ben looks like he’ll be a nice defensive complement to the offensive-minded Ilgauskas. They’re both still oafy in my mind.
The Celtics had a hot shot all night in outshooting the Cavs 52.3%-38.3%. Most of the time, if you shoot with that much more efficiency, it’s going to help your chances. Ray Allen was scorching from beyond the arc, hitting 3-of-5 to total a team-high 22 points. Kevin Garnett added 18 points (8-14), 11 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals.
Brand new addition P.J. Brown was in attendance last night and told CSN’s Greg Dickerson that he didn’t know when he’d join the team for in-game action. Also in the star-studded crowd was former Patriots CB Ty Law, who speculated that he’d like to join the Pats again. That’d be nice…