Though struggling, LeBron James‘s stats were still across the board. He finished with 21 points (7-20 shooting), 6 rebounds and 13 assists. He also had 3 steals and 2 blocks in 44 minutes of action. James also jammed a thunderous dunk on Garnett in the final two minutes of the game, which became the highlight of the game.
Cavs sharpshooters Wally Szczerbiak and Daniel Gibson added 14 points each while reserve big man Andy Varejao chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Zydrunas Ilgauskas struggled in the game and only had 9 points (3-10 shooting) and 7 rebounds.
The Celts had a balanced offensive output. Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett all finished with 15 points. Garnett, who was selected as NBA All-Defensive First Team, also grabbed 10 boards. Paul Pierce, who missed all his 3-point attempts, added 13 points on 6-17 shooting.
The game was an up-and-down battle for the first three quarter, but the Cavs clamped on the Celtics in the fourth and held them to just 12 points.
The Celtics haven’t won a single game away from home this post-season and clearly they suck on the road when it really matters. It’ll will be a relief for the Boston squad when the series heads back to Beantown for game 5 on May 14th.