Saturday , Dec , 18 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Boston Celtics Team Report – December 18

=== Boston Celtics Team Report – December 18 ===

(Sports Network) – Boston comes into tonight’s contest against Cleveland at
Gund Arena with three wins in its last four games, including a 114-106 victory
over the Utah Jazz Friday night at the FleetCenter.

Gary Payton paced seven different double-figure scorers with 27 points while
adding 11 assists and six rebounds.

Mark Blount tossed in 18 points, Paul Pierce had 13 and Jiri Welsch added 12
for the Celtics, who shot 55.1 percent from the field in the win. Ricky Davis
and Al Jefferson each had 11 off the bench and Raef LaFrentz tallied 10 points
and 10 rebounds.

The Celtics hit 6-of-16 (.375) from three-point range and 32-of-41 (.780) from
the free throw line in the win.

Boston, which is playing the first of a short two-game road trip tonight, has
tallied a 4-7 mark in foreign buildings this season.

Cleveland has won the last two meetings between these teams on the heels of a
13-game series skid. The Cavaliers registered a narrow 98-96 victory over the
Celtics on Nov. 26. Boston has lost 11 of its last 17 at Cleveland.