Boston Celtics defeat Cleveland Cavaliers, 104-86

CLEVELAND — This was impressive.

The good people of Cleveland could not believe what they were seeing. They watched the Cavaliers fall behind by 10, 15, 20, 25. They watched LeBron James in handcuffs (15 shots) and Mo Williams in leg irons (1-for-9 shooting).

Local fans booed their own team. Demoralized, some of them started filing out of Quicken Loans Arena with the Celtics leading, 91-66, with 8:32 left in the fourth quarter. A frustrated fan hurled a plastic beer ...

CLEVELAND — No lead is safe. Chewing up and spitting out Boston’s leads in the regular season and in the first game of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, the Cavaliers had made that clear.

The Celtics needed to prove to themselves and the Cavs that some leads were indeed insurmountable. So, they piled it as high as they could. Ray Allen fired arrows at the rim. The Celtics suffocated the Cavs for 45 minutes, and the whistles that had gone Cleveland’s way early s...

CLEVELAND—The window hasn't closed on the Boston Celtics. It's still wide open.

Rajon Rondo tied a team playoff record with 19 assists, Ray Allen scored 22 points and the Celtics, showing they're still very dangerous despite their years, opened a 25-point lead in the fourth and then survived Cleveland's comeback for a 104-86 win on Monday night to even their semifinal series at 1-1.

After blowing an 11-point lead in the third quarter of Game 1, the Celtics almost squ...

CLEVELAND — Glen Davis referred to him by his full name, almost as if he were a different person.

“Rasheed Wallace came.’’

After watching Wallace miss 4 of 5 shots in the Eastern Conference semifinal opener against Cleveland and accumulating the team’s lowest plus-minus (-20) in the postseason, the Celtics were calling on their most prominent offseason addition.

His answer was immediate.

Wallace knocked down his first five shots last night, and when the ball we...