BOSTON (AP) - Someone is going to have to win in Boston to keep
the Celtics from winning their 17th NBA title.
Paul Pierce scored 29, Kevin Garnett had 26 points and 16
rebounds and the Celtics beat Cleveland 96-89 to move within a win
of the Eastern Conference finals. Rajon Rondo added 20 points and
13 assists for the Celts.
Pierce also helped shut down LeBron James for much of the second half to give Boston a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven conference
semifinal. James scored 23 of his 35 points in the first half and
was mostly quiet in the second. He scored six in the final three
and a-half minutes with Boston well in the lead. Ex-Celtic Delonte
West had 21 for Cleveland.
Game 6 is in Cleveland on Friday night. The deciding game is in
Boston on Sunday -- if necessary.