Boston has been at the top in the Eastern Conference all season, thanks to superb play from Kyrie Irving, the NBA's top-rated defense and the rapid development of its young players.
Pierce's former teammates Antoine Walker, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo were in attendance for the ceremony, along with Pierce's former coach in Boston and with the Clippers, Doc Rivers. Defensively, the Cavaliers are yielding 110.1 points per game.
James shook off a first-quarter leg injury, sustained when he collided with Australian centre Aron Baynes, to score 13 points in the second quarter and give the Cavs a sizeable lead which the Celtics never got within 10 again. The Celtics recently signed Greg Monroe, who was waived by the Phoenix Suns, to add some offensive punch up front.
Rodney Hood, another new acquisition from the Utah Jazz, came up with 15 points as the Cavaliers improved to 33-22.
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There's no telling if the malfunction hurt them or not, but they went on to score 51.97 points and placed ninth out of 10 teams. However, Min handled it with grace, knowing stopping to fix it would only cost her and her partner, Alexander Gamelin .
Pierce and James had many memorable playoff battles, including Pierce going on to win the NBA Finals after scoring 41 points in Game 7 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals to eliminate the Cavaliers despite 45 points from James.
Veteran guard Dwyane Wade was let go on the cheap and returned to his old side Miami, in return for a 2020 second-round draft pick.
The Cavs led by as many as 29 in the fourth.
Not long before the Celtics raised Paul Pierce's No. 34 to the rafters Sunday, one of Pierce's longtime rivals - LeBron James - was in the building for a matinee between Boston and Cleveland. Celtics vs Cavaliers tv channel schedule is on ABC. The King is leading his team in both points per game and assists, and is averaging 26.3 and 8.7 respectively.