The Celtics came out strong in Game 6, taking an early 8-2 lead on 4-4 shooting from the field. The lead ballooned up to 9 with a little over five minutes left. The Cavs slowly chipped away at the lead, and cut it to three late in the quarter. Sheed knocked down a pair of free throws to close out the first and give the Celts a 25-22 lead. LeBron scored nine in the quarter, and got an important contribution form Mo Williams, who scored 10 with a pair of three-pointers. KG led the charge for Boston, abusing Shaquille O'Neal and scoring 8 points on 4-4 shooting. Both James and Pierce picked up a pair of personal fouls in the opening quarter.
The Celtics and Cavs continued to battle in the 2nd quarter. Boston opened up with an 8-1 run to take a game high 10 point lead. The Cavaliers answered with a run of their own to cut the lead to 4. After Pierce and Sheed both picked up their third personals (and a technical for Wallace of course), Shaq tied up the game at 41-41 for the first time since 2-2. Boston did regain the lead on a TA slam dunk with 42 seconds left in the half to take a 51-49 lead to the half. Williams led the game with 20 at the half, while LeBron had 20 points, 7 boards, and 5 dimes. KG and Tony each put in 10 for the C's, while Rondo led the team with 12 points and 7 assists at the break.
Early on in the final quarter, the Cavs went on a 7-0 run highlighted by a pair of LBJ threes that cut the Boston lead to 78-74. In the timeout after that, Doc screamed at his team, "I know you all want to win, but you've got to do it together!" Rondo reacted with a steal and a bucket followed by a Pierce three that caused Mike Brown to take a timeout for his team. Just under halfway through the quarter, Pierce drove into the lane and kicked out to Sheed in the corner, who buried a three to give the Celtics a 12 point lead again. Then, on the next possession, KG threw down a dunk that rocked that Garden to cap a 10-0 run and put the C's up 88-74. With LeBron at the line and under 3:30 to go in the game, a chant of, "New York Knicks! New York Knicks!" echoed through the Garden. Parker hit a three for Cleveland, and James followed it with a dunk to cut the Celtics lead to seven at 92-85 with just over two minutes remaining. KG hit a hook with 1:30 to go, and LeBron threw away another pass to seal the game for the Celtics.
The Celtics will now face the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals, the team that eliminated them from the playoffs a year ago.. Stephen Bailey 5/13/2010 11:03:00 PM Tweet