UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) -- LeBron James scored 21 points and the
Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half
to defeat the Boston Celtics 96-91 in a preseason game at Mohegan
Sun Arena on Saturday night.
Cleveland led 94-91 when guard Eric Snow missed two free throws
with 18 seconds left. Aleksandar Pavlovic grabbed a key offensive
rebound for the Cavaliers and made two free throws with 16.1
seconds left to seal it.
Jiri Welsch scored 20 points to lead the Celtics, who lost their
fifth straight preseason game and second in as many nights.
Boston used a 14-4 run over the first six minutes of the third
period to take a 62-52 lead with 7:14 remaining. Gary Payton scored
six of his nine points in that span and assisted on Mark Blount's
dunk. Payton finished with nine assists.
McInnis' layup with seven seconds left in the third period
capped a late run by the Cavaliers, and pulled Cleveland within
73-71 entering the fourth.
James' three-point play with 8:45 remaining gave Cleveland an
84-77 lead. His dunk three minutes later gave the Cavaliers their
biggest lead of the second half, 88-80.
Ricky Davis scored 18 for the Celtics, Blount had 17 and Raef
LaFrentz added 10.