Cleveland 92, Boston 93

Date - Wednesday, March 27, 2013 7:00 PM
Location - Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Officials - #45 Brian Forte, #55 Bill Kennedy, #72 J.T. Orr
Attendance - 17130

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Boston 24 22 21 26 93
Cleveland 18 27 28 19 92

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Boston 37-34 24-11 13-23 W1
Cleveland 22-48 13-22 9-26 L6

Recap

Celtics 93, Cavaliers 92: Jeff Green hit a layup at the buzzer to cap a 14-point fourth-quarter comeback as visiting Boston rallied to snap a five-game losing streak.

The Celtics closed the game on a 21-6 run to avoid their second six-game skid of the season and win for the first time in three games since starters Kevin Garnett and Courtney Lee were sidelined with ankle injuries. Brandon Bass had a season-high 22 points and Green finished with 21.

Wayne Ellington led six players in double figures with 16 points for Cleveland, which lost its sixth straight.

The Cavaliers, who trailed by 12 in the first half, took their largest lead at 86-72 on back-to-back baskets by Marreese Speights with just over eight minutes remaining. Cleveland held a 90-82 advantage after Shaun Livingston's layup with 2:56 to go but would not record another field goal.

Paul Pierce's basket moments later kicked off a 6-0 Boston burst and he scored again to get the Celts within 92-91 with 32 seconds left. After Livingston missed a short jumper with 10.9 remaining, Boston was given a free timeout when officials had to review a play with two seconds left and coach Doc Rivers drew up the game-winner, which saw Avery Bradley hit Green curling toward the hoop for a scoop shot off the glass.

GAME NOTEBOOK
: Pierce had 19 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, two blocks, one steal and seven turnovers in 36 minutes. ... Boston moved 2 1/2 games ahead of eighth-place Milwaukee in its effort to avoid having to play Miami in the first round of the playoffs. ... The Celtics were out of timeouts when the review took place, adding a dose of controversy to the end of this one.

Top Game Performances

Boston   Cleveland
Brandon Bass 22 Scoring Wayne Ellington 16
Paul Pierce 8 Assists Daniel Gibson 6
Paul Pierce 10 Rebounds Tristan Thompson 9
Brandon Bass 6 Free Throws Made Alonzo Gee 2
Avery Bradley 2 Steals Wayne Ellington 3
Paul Pierce 2 Blocks Alonzo Gee 1

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Boston 93 44.7 5-14 20-28 27 37 4 10 16
Cleveland 92 44.2 7-17 9-14 26 46 6 10 19

Upcoming Games

  • Cleveland will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Cavaliers have a W/L % of .318 after a win and .312 after a loss.
  • Boston will play their next game at home against Atlanta. The Celtics have a W/L % of .583 after a win and .457 after a loss.