Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 10/23

Game 1: Saturday, October 23rd
Game 2: Monday, October 25th

Cavaliers 96

(4-1, 1-1 away)

Celtics 91

(1-5, 1-2 home)

    7:30 PM ET, October 23, 2004

    Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

    1 2 3 4 T
    CLE 25 25 21 2596
    BOS 29 19 25 1891

    Cavs erase 10-point second-half deficit

    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.

    Jeff McInnis scored 16 for Cleveland, while Drew Gooden scored 14. Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 13 points and seven rebounds.

    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.

    Cleveland led 50-48 at halftime.

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