BOSTON — Bostons Paul Pierce might be ancient in NBA terms, but he found the fountain of youth in the second half against the Cavaliers. The veteran shot the lights out and in the process powered his team to its first win after losing 3 straight, 103-91 on the parquet floor.
Pierce scored 25 of his season high 40 points in the second half. His 17 third quarter points helped the Beantown Bunch cruise to a 20 point lead over the Cavaliers, who were without their All Star caliber big man Anderson Varejao. Pierce made 10 of 11 shots from the floor after intermission, and finished 13 of 16 for the night.
Kyrie Irving scored 22 to lead the Cavaliers and rookie big man Tyler Zeller showed some promise with 20.
The Cavaliers chipped away at a 20 point Boston late in the third quarter and early in the fourth, using up 6 minutes to bring themselves within just two points on a Zeller three point play. Boston, however, got the message and Pierce and Rajon Rondo helped the Celtics build a comfortable enough lead to win by a dozen.
Rondo had 20 points and eight assists.
The Cavs lost their 5th straight and fell to 2-14 on the road.