Celtics hold off Cavs

Ray Allen paced the Boston attack with 22 83 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday.

Kevin Garnett added 18 points and eight rebounds, while Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass netted 12 points apiece as the Celtics halted a five-game losing streak.

Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 24 points and Ramon Sessions chipped in 13 off the bench for Cleveland, which dropped its second consecutive game. Tristan Thompson added a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort.