Paul Pierce scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half and lead a strong defensive effort to lead Boston to a 105-94 victory. Forced to log big minutes after Glen Davis was ejected in the third quarter, Leon Powe added 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Celtics dominated the paint.
Mo Williams scored 26 to lead Cleveland, but had just two assists. LeBron struggled, finishing with 21 points on 5-15 shooting from the field, including a missed breakaway jam in the first quarter.
Davis was assessed a flagrant two foul after grabbing Anderson Varejao’s head as he drove to the basket. He probably won’t be suspended, but certainly deserved the ejection.
LeBron seems to struggle against Pierce, who is big enough to bother James. But the main problem tonight was the Cavs spacing. When he wasn’t standing in the corner, LeBron ran high pick and roll with Big Z and Varejao, but was doubled and forced to give the ball up. Mo Williams is butter, but Delonte West and Boobie Gibson haven’t been shooting well lately and were afraid to shoot Friday.
I didn’t care who won this game, but as a fan, I have to say that allowing Leon Powe to put up KG-type numbers is unacceptable. The Cavs looked soft, and Powe absolutely abused Joe Smith.
It might be time for Joe to head to the Scooter Store.