Cavaliers Pounced By Celtics, Lose 98-96

Boston, MA - With LeBron James and Paul Pierce sitting out, Delonte West made two free throws with 1.9 seconds left and the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-96 on Sunday night.

West fell to the ground as he drove to the basket while he was guarded by

with the game tied in the closing seconds. Cleveland called a timeout after the foul shots, and

got off an open 3-point attempt from the right side, but it bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

tied a career high with 25 points,

had 24 and

had 12 points and nine rebounds for Boston.

scored 24 points and Varejao had 12 points with eight rebounds for the Cavaliers.

James, who scored 39 points in the Cavaliers' victory Saturday over Chicago, was diagnosed with right knee tendinitis. The Cavaliers dropped to 3-1 without him in the lineup.

Pierce missed his second consecutive game with a left elbow injury and a variety of other ailments that have him considering whether to shut it down for the season. The Celtics' only race is for the best chance at Greg Oden or Kevin Durant in the NBA lottery.