Paul Pierce scored 20 points leading the Celtics to a 93-90 victory over Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday.
Boston won on the scoreboard, but lost at the pay window as they failed to cover the 5-point spread. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 179.5.
Boston got 13 points from Kevin Garnett and another 13 points from Brandon Bass. Ray Allen contributed 8 assists, while Brandon Bass cleaned the glass with 6 rebounds.
Cleveland got 21 points from Kyrie Irving in a losing cause and another 20 points from Anderson Varejao. Ramon Sessions contributed 10 assists for the Cavaliers, while Anderson Varejao had 20 rebounds.
First-half bettors who backed Boston were victorious, as the score was 51-39 at the break.
The rebound battle favored Cleveland as they grabbed 39 boards, while Boston only had 28.
Boston heads into a battle against the Raptors. Cleveland, meanwhile, will have their next action against Orlando.