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Friday, February 26, 2010

Celtics prove once again that no lead is too big for them to blow

Last night was an all-too familiar script for the Celtics against a good or in this case, a great team.

They started out hot, up ten after the first quarter (31-21) and built the lead up to thirteen before eventually, the Cavs (45-14) decided to start playing and what do you know, they ended up winning a laugher 108-88 at a stunned TD Garden.

Ray Allen scored a team-high 21 points for the Celts (36-20) and Rajon Rondo had 19 points and 11 assists but he was shutdown after the first quarter when he put up 12 points and seven assists.

LeBron James had his usual game of 36 points, nine assists and seven rebounds but it was his supporting cast that swung the momentum to his team's side. Mo Williams added 19 points, including four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter (35-14) and Sideshow Bob aka Anderson Varejao notched 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Boston was still up 56-48 at half and 74-73 after three quarters but they couldn't hang on since nobody wanted to step up in Paul Pierce's (thumb, flu) absence.

The Celtics had 32 points in the second half which is pathetic. They allowed the Cavs to shoot 52.6% while Boston was 40.7%. Cleveland had four more threes (10-6) and five more assists (24-19).

The running joke that is the New Jersey Nets comes to the Garden tomorrow afternoon for what should be a ritual sacrifice, no doubt instilling false confidence in what is not a very good Celtics team.

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