Cleveland Cavaliers defeat Boston Celtics, 108-88

They say that when heavyweight champion Jack Johnson covered his eyes from the blazing Havana sun and rested on his right leg on the canvas, he officially surrendered in the 26th round against Jess Willard in 1915.

This wasn’t Havana, it was Boston, but with 2:50 remaining last night and the Celtics trailing the Cleveland Cavaliers by 16 points, Boston coach Doc Rivers covered his eyes, rested his leg on the canvas, and substituted four reserves for four starters.


It was a sight not often seen with these Celtics.

With 2:50 remaining in the 108-88 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers last night at TD Garden, Celtics coach Doc Rivers threw in the white flag.

His team was down 16 after being up as many as 13 on the Eastern Conference’s top squad, and Rivers sent Brian Scalabrine, Shelden Williams, and Marcus Landry onto the floor with Tony Allen and Nate Robinson.

Part of it was practical. For a team that had dealt with its share o...

LeBron James had 36 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, Mo Williams scored 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers surged past the Boston Celtics 108-88 on Thursday night.

James kept the Cavaliers in it for three quarters on a night they lost Shaquille O'Neal to a first-half thumb injury, then Williams made four 3-pointers when Cleveland blew by the Celtics in the fourth, outscoring them 35-14.

Unable to stop Rajon Rondo or the Cel...