LeBron Sits, Celtics Clamp Down on Cavs

Spurs' Duncan hurt in win; Tinsley and Pacers knock off Clippers
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2007 7:15 PM CST
Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, and Kevin Garnett talk with a referee during the second half of Boston's 80-70 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in an NBA basketball game in Boston on Sunday, Dec. 2,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Boston Celtics tightened down their defense and avenged a loss five days earlier with an 80-70 victory against Cleveland today, reports the AP. Of course, it didn't hurt that the Cavs' LeBron James missed his second straight game. Ray Allen led Boston (14-2) with 20 points while the other Big Three players had subpar games. Elsewhere on the hardwood:

  • Tony Parker had 27 points leading San Antonio an easy 100-79 win over struggling Portland. The Spurs got a scare when Tim Duncan left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury, though it's apparently not serious.
  • Jamaal Tinsley nailed three 3-pointers late as part of a 29-point effort, and Indiana beat the host Clippers, 101-95.