Kyrie Irving's spunky Cavs came into Boston with their eyes on the prize. They captured a 13 point lead at one point, but the Celtics scrambled and clawed their way back.
The game was neck-and-neck in the closing moments, but a pair of free throws by Kevin Garnett broke an ugly tie and finally, mercifully sealed the grimy victory for Boston.
Strong play by Josh Howard, dazzling drives to the rim by Rajon Rondo, solid defense by Roy Hibbert, and proficient three-pointers by Kevin Martin helped Boston climb past the mountainous deficit and prove a point to the Cavaliers in the process.
Tonight, experience beat youth and earned the Celtics their 50th win.