Tuesday, February 5th
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Celtics for the second time this season, downing Boston 114-113 Tuesday night.
LeBron James scored 33 points and barely missed a triple-double.
James added 12 assists, nine rebounds and five steals to pace the Cavaliers, who improved to 15-4 since December 25th and handed the NBA's best road team just its fifth loss away from home.
Cleveland also beat the Celtics in overtime on November 27th.
Ray Allen scored 24 points and Paul Pierce 19 for the Celtics, who were again without Kevin Garnett. The All-Star center missed his fourth straight game with an abdominal strain sustained last month.
It's likely he'll sit out Friday's game in Minnesota, his first visit back there since the Timberwolves traded him to Boston last summer.
--- Mike McCune