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"LeBron is a great player and we're lucky to have him," Brown said. "Guys, in order to be great, have to have a lot of confidence. You have to have confidence to take big shots, and at times take some risks. ... If he felt like he had a clean look at it, fire away."
James was 0 for 9 from 3-point range, including a meaningless, unguarded shot at the final buzzer that bounced off the rim. Afterward, he and Garnett exchanged dirty looks.
"It's two teams that I don't think love each other, I can say that, and there's two teams that want to beat each other," Rivers said. "Early on, we were having out way, so they got frustrated. And later they were having their way, so we got frustrated."
Garnett scored 19 points, Paul Pierce had 16 and Kendrick Perkins had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jamison scored 16 points with 10 rebounds for Cleveland, and J.J. Hickson had 14 and 11. Mo Williams scored 17 points for Cavs, hitting all of his six shots -- including three from 3-point range -- but did not play in the fourth quarter.
The Celtics led by eight in the opening minutes and 15 at the half when Rondo, after taking an inbounds pass with 2.5 seconds left, hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Boston led 98-81 at the end of three before scoring three points in the first seven minutes of the fourth.
The Celtics snapped out of it just in time.
When Rivers wasn't trying to figure out how to stop the Cavs, he was trying to keep order on his own bench. Forward Rasheed Wallace picked up a technical foul with 50 seconds left in the third quarter -- his 14th of the season, according to the NBA -- and began yelling at Rivers when the coach took him out.
Wallace did not return to the game.
Brown was ejected after drawing two technicals midway through the third quarter. He picked up the first when he argued about a technical given to Williams for arguing a non-call, then angrily stormed onto the court and was quickly tossed by referee Monty McCutchen.
Ray Allen shot the free throws and made all three, giving Boston an 83-62 lead.
NOTES: Celtics F Glen Davis went into the stands twice for crowd-pleasing attempts to save the ball. ... James and Rondo also picked up technicals.
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