Sasha Pavlovic added 10 points for Cleveland (1-1), which never
trailed after taking the lead with 4:45 left in the second quarter.
Anderson Varejao had six points and 11 rebounds.
Wally Szczerbiak led the Celtics (1-2) with 21 points, 13 in the
first quarter. He finished 7-of-8 from the field with two
3-pointers and was 5-for-5 from the free throw line.
Sebastian Telfair added 16 points for Boston, including a
perfect 10-of-10 at the free throw line. Ryan Gomes had 12 points
and three steals.
Celtics star Paul Pierce finished with two points, leaving the
game with 7 minutes to play in the third quarter with a bruised
The Cavaliers were without LeBron James, who was given the night
off by coach Mike Brown.
Keyed by Szczerbiak, the Celtics led 27-23 after one quarter but
went cold in the second, managing just 10 points on 5-of-19
Cleveland pulled even at 35 with 5:22 to go in the second
quarter on a layup by Donyell Marshall. Hughes followed with a foul
shot and 3-pointer for a four-point lead and the Cavaliers didn't
trail the rest of the way, leading by as many as 16 points late in
the fourth quarter.