Celtics 114, Cavaliers 103
BOSTON (AP) _ Paul Pierce scored 30 points, including 23 in the second half, in the Boston Celtics’ 114-103 comeback victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Pierce also had 11 rebounds and four assists for the Celtics, who trailed by as many 15 points in the first half and seven points at the end of the third quarter, but outscored the Cavaliers 38-20 in the fourth quarter.
All five starters scored in double figures for the Celtics. Adrian Griffin had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Kenny Anderson added 21 Antoine Walker had 11 and Vitaly Potapenko 12 for Boston.
Boston took its first lead since opening the game 2-0 on Pierce’s 3-pointer early in the fourth.
The Celtics used a 9-2 run early in the second half to cut the Cavaliers’ lead to 59-56. Pierce scored six during the run while Walker, who struggled shooting 5-for-17, hit a 3-pointer to get within three.
The Cavaliers built their lead to seven, 83-76, to close the third quarter.
Shawn Kemp scored 27 points and had eight rebounds to lead Cleveland. Bob Sura had 14 points, Andre Miller added 13 and Danny Ferry 10 for the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers used a 13-0 run in the first quarter to build a lead the Celtics could not recover from despite cutting the deficit to two points in the third quarter.
Sura scored seven points during the Cavaliers’ 13-0 run.
Kemp scored 16 first-half points to pace the Cavaliers to a 57-47 halftime lead, highlighted by the Cavaliers 13-0 spurt. The run gave Cleveland a 21-6 lead midway through the first period.
Notes The Celtics were 2-2 against the Cavaliers last year, winning both games at the Fleet Center. ... Pierce has 21 straight double-doubles dating back to last season. ... Celtics G-F Calbert Cheaney missed his fourth consecutive game with a sprained right ankle. ... The Cavaliers have scored 100 or more points in five straight games.