Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/14

Game 1: Friday, November 14th
Game 2: Saturday, December 13th
Game 3: Friday, January 9th
Game 4: Monday, February 9th

Cavaliers 82

(2-7, 0-6 away)

Celtics 91

(5-4, 3-2 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 14, 2003

    TD Garden, Boston, MA

    1 2 3 4 T
    CLE 20 22 22 1882
    BOS 23 29 22 1791

    Top Performers

    Cle: Z. Ilgauskas 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Bos: P. Pierce 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Blk

    Pierce scores 19, James 10

    BOSTON (AP) -- LeBron James might be the most crowd-pleasing rookie ever.

    He goes into opponents' buildings, sells them out, and loses.

    James remained winless on the road as a pro after Paul Pierce scored 19 points to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cavaliers 91-82 Friday night. It was Cleveland's sixth loss in as many road games this year -- five of them sellouts -- and its 27th in a row overall.

    "It's not wearing on me yet. It's a long season," said James, the high school phenom who was the first overall pick in the NBA draft. "I don't like it, of course. I'm a winner. But it can't start wearing on me this soon."

    Vin Baker had 13 points with 11 rebounds for Boston, which had its second sellout of the season, its first since opening night. The 17,624 will be able to say they saw James' Boston debut, but they won't have much else to say about it.

    James scored just 10 points on 3-for-12 shooting in his first regular-season game at the home of the NBA's most successful franchise. He hit a 3-pointer early in the fourth period to cut Boston's lead to eight points, but he missed two jumpers -- one of them wide open -- late in the quarter as the Cavs fought to trim the Celtics' double-digit lead.

    "He brings a sold-out crowd, like Jordan did his last year," Pierce said. "He's going to pretty much sell out every arena. It's good for the NBA, it's a fresh face."

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 22 points on 7-for-9 shooting -- the only Cavaliers player to shoot better than 50 percent as Cleveland made just 27 of 77 shots from the floor (35 percent).

    Carlos Boozer had eight points and 11 rebounds. Chris Mihm had 10 points and nine rebounds, scoring on a fourth-chance tip-in midway through the fourth quarter to cut Boston's lead to 79-74.

    It was 81-76 after James drew a double-team and dished it to DeSagana Diop for a jumper. But Pierce made four straight free throws, Eric Williams made one and then James missed an open bank shot from 10 feet and Pierce hit a 3-pointer to make it 89-76 with 2:54 left. James missed another jumper the next time down.

    "We just couldn't get over the hump," Cavs coach Paul Silas said. "We have to have a go-to guy that's going to get us a hoop at that particular time. That's what we're searching for."

    James picked up fouls on consecutive possessions and sat out the last 8:32 of the third quarter. Jumaine Jones drew a charge when James drove to the basket, then James fouled Jones at the other end for his third foul of the game.

    The Celtics led by as much as 56-43 early in the third quarter before the Cavs scored six consecutive points to kickstart an 11-2 run that cut the lead to four points. Boston led 64-59 before Williams hit two free throws and Marcus Banks hit a 3-pointer to make it a 10-point game with 3:04 left in the quarter.

    Game notes

    Jones was a late addition to the Boston starting lineup in place of Kedrick Brown. ... Silas played four seasons with the Celtics from 1973-76, winning two NBA titles. ... The Celtics placed C Raef LaFrentz on the injured list Friday with right knee tendinitis. He could return on Nov. 26. The Celtics also activated rookie center Kendrick Perkins from the injured list. He's been out with tendinitis in both knees.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 82 91
    FGM-FGA 27-77 (.351) 32-78 (.410)
    3PM-3PA 2-7 (.286) 4-10 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 26-36 (.722) 23-30 (.767)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-50 13-43
    Assists 16 19
    Turnovers 13 8
    Steals 3 6
    Blocks 7 6
    Fast Break Points 2 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 28 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas Ilgauskas
    Points: 22
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Paul Pierce Pierce
    Points: 19
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2