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Allen, Garnett lead Celtics past Cavaliers 86-83

Updated: 29 February 2012 10:44 IST

Ray Allen scored 22 points and Kevin Garnett added 18 as the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 86-83 on Tuesday to snap a five-game losing streak.

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Ray Allen scored 22 points and Kevin Garnett added 18 as the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 86-83 on Tuesday to snap a five-game losing streak.

Boston, which couldn't hold a 16-point lead in the first quarter, avoided its first six-game skid since dropping seven in a row from April 4-15, 2007.

Kyrie Irving returned from a bruised elbow that sidelined him late in the second quarter and led Cleveland with 24 points, 19 in the second half.

Irving hit two free throws with 1:21 remaining to give Cleveland an 81-80 lead. After Allen missed a 3-pointer, Garnett tipped Irving's pass, leading to Allen's dunk with 48.6 seconds left.

Topics : NBA Kevin Garnett Ray Allen
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