The Boston Celtics took the lead and ran with it on Wednesday night at TD Garden, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers, 103-91.
The Celtics gradually increased their lead throughout the first three quarters, but an 8-0 run to start the fourth quarter had the Cavaliers nipping at their heels.
Boston bounced back, though, extending its lead down the stretch, aided by the sterling play of Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo.
The Celtics shot nearly 60 percent from the floor in the contest, while the Cavaliers only shot 40 percent, despite the best efforts from Kyrie Irving and Tyler Zeller.
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Player of the Game: Paul Pierce, SF, Boston Celtics
Paul Pierce had his best game of the season on Wednesday night, posting 40 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block on 13-of-16 shooting. He also went 6-of-7 from downtown and 8-of-8 from the free-throw line.
Whatever he did/ate before the game, he should stick to that routine from now on.
Up Next for Cavaliers
Cleveland hosts the Indiana Pacers on Friday. Minus Danny Granger, the Pacers have used a collective approach on offense while locking down on defense and crashing the boards.
Up Next for Celtics
Boston hosts the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. The Bucks sport a dynamic backcourt, including Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, and they are among the league leaders in turnovers forced per game.