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NBA: Celtics crash LeBron party
Wednesday 05, May 2010

The Boston Celtics ruined LeBron James' party as they crushed Cleveland Cavaliers 104-86 to level the semi-final series. James, voted the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row, was presented with his trophy on Monday night. And he once again top-scored for the Cavaliers, pouring in 24 points. It was to matter little, however, as Ray Allen led the way for Boston with 22 points while Kevin Garnett weighed in with 18 to help them rebound from their Game One defeat. It was not all plain sailing for the Celtics as, just as they had done in the first game they looked like blowing a significant advantage. A late surge from the Cavaliers saw them pull from a 91-66 deficit to within 10 points of their opponents. But Boston sealed the victory with an 11-3 spurt. Game Three of the best-of-seven series takes place in Boston on Friday night. Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns took the initiative in their Western Conference semi-final series with an opening victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Steve Nash top scored with 33 points as the Suns held off a late fightback from the Spurs. Jason Richardson and Amare Stoudemire weighed in with 27 points and 23 respectively. The Suns withstood a late 13-point flurry from San Antonio which had seen them narrow the advantage to one point with four minutes 26 seconds remaining. Manu Ginobili led the way for the Spurs with 27 points, while Tony Parker came off the bench to pour in 26. Game two of the best-of-seven series is on Wednesday in Phoenix.

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