Celtics 96, Cavaliers 88
Oct. 25, 2001
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BOSTON (AP) _ Antoine Walker had 26 points, eight rebounds, and 10 assists to lead the Boston Celtics to a 96-88 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in an exhibition game Wednesday night.
The Celtics led by 13 points late in the third quarter, but Jeff Trepagnier's 3-pointer cut the deficit to 76-70 with 8:55 left in the game.
Walker sank a pair of free throws and hit a jumper, and Milt Palacio connected on a three-point play to give Boston an 83-70 advantage.
The Celtics won without starting point guard Kenny Anderson, who didn't play because of a sore left knee. The New York native was on the bench in street clothes and wearing a New York Yankees hat.
Boston took a 44-30 lead with 5:25 left in the second quarter on Paul Pierce's layup, but the Cavs went on a 13-3 run to close out the half and trailed 47-43 at the break.
Jumaine Jones led Cleveland with 20 points, and Wesley Person added 17 points. Lamond Murray scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Pierce, Palacio and Mark Blount each scored 12 for Boston.