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In a bout of deja vu, the Celtics kept it pretty close for the first three quarters, then fell apart at the seams, falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, 104-93. The 1st quarter was a matter of streaks; the Cavs went on a 7-0 run to lead 9-4, then the Celtics led 12-9, and the Cavs finished the quarter with a 8-0 run to lead 24-18. In the process, J.J. Hickson and Kevin Garnett were whistled for a double-technical following some jawing.
It was a back and forth contest for the next 24 minutes, as the Cavs kept their six-point lead at the half, though they should have been up by only five as Maurice Williams was credited with a three despite his foot being on the line, even with an official review. The third quarter saw the Celtics surge back to tie the game, only to fall behind 80-72 heading into the final quarter.
Then, the Celtics unraveled. That eight-point deficit? It was the lowest of the quarter for the Celtics. In fact, the Cavaliers boosted their lead to 17 and the Celtics cut it back to 10 before the Cavs settled it down to the final 11.
The more prominent of the two Allens led the team in points and had half its threes, in addition to being decent at free throw shooting, rebounds, and assists.
In 30:10 on the court, Perkins couldn’t even manage one part of a double-double. The most he could get at any stat was six, for points and rebounds.
“You’ve gotta be prepared for that next game…” – Tommy Heinsohn, on Boston’s upcoming game with the Pistons, though doing the same for the 4th quarter couldn’t have hurt either.