NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers’ Backcourt Demoralizes Celtics in Game One Win

May 1st, 2010 by Tom Delamater Leave a reply »
There were two games played at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Saturday night, and it was the second of the two that mattered the most.

The first came in the sterling first half turned in by the Boston Celtics, who raced out to a 54-43 lead over the Cavaliers at the intermission. Cleveland had no answer for Rajon Rondo, who piled up 19 points and eight assists by halftime.

The second game came during the remarkable response by the Cavaliers, who shut down Rondo and the Celtics and outscored Boston 58-39 in the second half to capture Game One of the Eastern Conference semifinals, 101-93.

The box score once again shows LeBron James as the statistical leader for Cleveland, with his rather customary 35 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

But it was the Cavs’ starting backcourt of Mo Williams and Anthony Parker who made the difference at a crucial point in the game. Their contributions in the third quarter saved the game, and perhaps the season, for Cleveland.

After Rondo carved up the Cavaliers defense in the first half, Mike Brown gave Parker the assignment of defending the Celtics’ point guard. Not only di ...

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