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Cavs Top Celtics Again

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They've got nothing comparable to Boston's rich history, roll call of Hall of Famers or the Celtics' current trifecta of superstars.

The Cleveland Cavaliers do have LeBron James. And more often than not, he's enough.

James scored 33 points and barely missed a triple-double Tuesday night as the Cavaliers beat Boston for the second time this season, 114-113.

James added 12 assist and nine rebounds to pace the Cavaliers. According to Elias Sports Bureau, James joined Wilt Chamberlain (1961-62) as the only players to score at least 30 points in nine straight games against the Celtics.

"LeBron's just tough," Boston coach Doc Rivers said.

With their ninth win in 11 games, the Cavaliers improved to 15-4 since Dec. 25 and handed the league's best road team just its fifth loss away from home. Cleveland also beat the Celtics here in overtime on Nov. 27.

"We know we can play with any team in the NBA," James said.

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 suffered on Jan. 25.

This program aired on February 6, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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