Celtics bend but don't break, beat Cavs, 93-90

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Celtics bend but don't break, beat Cavs, 93-90

CLEVELAND The Boston Celtics (10-10) evened the score - and their overall record - with a 93-90 win over Cleveland on Tuesday.

Despite a comfortable double-digit lead for most of the second half, the C's found themselves in a down-to-the-wire battle.

Sounds familiar?

It should.

That's exactly how things played out on Sunday when the Cavs (8-12) closed out their game in Boston with a 12-0 run to defeat the C's, 88-87.

But the C's, with the knowledge of Sunday's loss still fresh in their minds, refused to allow a repeat of Sunday's late-game slumber.

How similar were the two games?

At 3:42 to play on Sunday, the C's led by 7.

On Tuesday, the Celtics' lead with 3:42 remaining was seven points.

But in the end, a clutch jumper by Kevin Garnett, big free throws by Paul Pierce and a blocked shot by Jermaine O'Neal were just a few of the plays Boston needed to make in order to get the win.

Keeping the Cavaliers in the game with his hustle was Anderson Varejao, who became the first player to post a 20-point, 20-rebound night against the C's this season.

Pierce led the C's with 20 points and six assists.

The Celtics had a solid first quarter which ended with them leading 28-24. Paul Pierce continues to shoot the ball well, tallying nine points in the quarter on 4-for-6 shooting. Boston also got a strong start from Mickael Pietrus, who nailed a pair of 3s in four minutes of playing time.

Boston led the entire second quarter, and closed out the half with a 14-6 run to lead 51-39 at the half which was their largest lead in the half.

Ray Allen may be known for his shooting, but he put on a surprisingly effective passing clinic on Tuesday.

Allen was scoreless at the half, but racked up five assists which equaled his season high. He finished with 12 points and a season-high eight assists.

Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

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Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

SAN JOSE, Calif. - David Bingham had his sixth shutout of the season and the San Jose Earthquakes tied New England 0-0 on Wednesday night, extending the Revolution's winless streak to five games.

Bingham, who was tied for second in MLS soccer with 12 shutouts last season, had three saves - including a stop on Diego Fagundez's shot in the 86th minute.

The Revolution haven't scored since a 3-1 victory over Chicago on Aug. 9, a stretch of more than 270 minutes.

New England (6-11-8) had beaten San Jose three straight times.

San Jose (7-7-10) has just one loss in its last seven matches. 

Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season

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Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz the oldest to hit 30 home runs in a season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays:

QUOTES:

"It's one of those freak things. You don't plan on it happening, but it's one of those things. So we'll just see what the results say and move on from there.'' - Andrew Benintendi on his knee injury.

"That's kind of a routine 3-1 play. Unfortunately, it comes at a time when you've got two outs and a guy on the move. But that's a routine play.'' - John Farrell on the deciding play in which Heath Hembree couldn't hold onto the ball at first.

"I felt good. I felt strong.I felt good out there the whole game.'' - Rick Porcello, asked how he felt going back out for the eighth inning.

"I think everybody in the ballpark knew that that ball was leaving.'' - Porcello, on the hanging curveball to Evan Longoria.

 

NOTES:

* The loss snapped a five-game winning streak against the Rays for the Red Sox.

* Three of the four Red Sox walk-off losses this season have occurred because of errors.

* The homer by Evan Longoria was his first off Rick Porcello in 40 career at-bats.

* Rick Porcello has now pitched seven innings or more in six straight starts, the longest run for a Red Sox starter since John Lackey did it in 2013.

* David Ortiz is now the oldest player to ever hit 30 homers in a season

* Ortiz has now reached the 30-homer, 100-RBI level 10 times with the Red Sox, including the last four years in a row.

* The loss was the first of Heath Hembree's career, in his 67th major league appearance.

* Dustin Pedroia tied a career high with two stolen bases, the 12th time he's swiped two bases in the same game.

 

STARS:

1) Evan Longoria

The Rays were down to their final five outs when Longoria struck, hitting a game-tying homer off Rick Porcello.

2) Brad Miller

Miller's two-run double in the third enabled the Rays to stay close until Longoria's homer tied things up five innings later.

3) Rick Porcello

Porcello gave the Sox length and was brilliant in getting out of some early jams before settling in through the middle innings.