BOSTON - The first half feature 12 ties, but the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled away late in the half to take a 44-43 lead over the Boston Celtics heading into halftime of Sunday night's game at TD Garden.
Ray Allen and Paul Pierce carried the scoring load for the Celtics, scoring 12 and 11 respectively in the half. Kevin Garnett had eight points and four rebounds and Brandon Bass, who started with Jermaine O'Neal injured, had six points. Chris Wilcox had four points and two boards in six minutes off the bench as the Celtics shot 50 percent in the half.
Anderson Varejao had 12 points and four rebounds to lead Cleveland, which shot 50 percent from the floor. Kyrie Irving had nine points and four assists while Ramon Sessions chipped in with seven points off the bench for the Cavs.