Cleveland Cavaliers defeat Boston Celtics, 101-93

CLEVELAND — The fouls were like ammunition.

If they were to be the Celtics’ primary weapon against the soon-to-be-crowned MVP LeBron James and the army assembled around him, then Rivers wanted his team to use them until they burned out.

By halftime of their Eastern Conference semifinal opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics had already drawn nearly twice as many fouls (15 to 8) as the hosts. But the results made it worthwhile.

The Cavaliers didn’t so ...

CLEVELAND — Mo Williams got the party started for Cleveland.

Known more for splashing 3-pointers and going on scoring streaks, Williams stepped out of character and stuffed a one-handed dunk in Paul Pierce’s face in the third quarter last night.

“Anything uncharacteristic that happens, it always sparks energy,’’ Williams said.

It was on from there.

Williams scored 14 points in the third to help the Cavaliers erase an 11-point halftime deficit and upend the Celt...

CLEVELAND — The Celtics committed three fouls in the first 2 minutes 21 seconds of the third quarter and 3:46 later, Rajon Rondo committed the fourth foul to put Cleveland in the bonus for the rest of the period. It was road officiating. The Celtics spent most of the game looking for calls that never happened and arguing calls that did, and it spoiled a sparkling three-quarter effort in the 101-93 Game 1 loss last night.

The Celtics were a victim of their own aggression...

CLEVELAND — It was like the good old days. It was old-school basketball. It was old time rock ’n’ roll.

And then it was just . . .


The Celtics shocked the Cleveland Cavaliers for the better part of three quarters last night. Boston played lockdown defense, circa 2008, and marched to an 11-point lead in the middle of the third quarter.

Paced by their kid rocket — Rajon Rondo is the best guard in the playoffs at this hour — the Boston Graybeards jolted the 6...