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Highs points of the Cavs' victory

By Marla Published: October 27, 2010

Some of the high points from the Cavs' 95-87 victory over the Boston Celtics in the season opener.

** Coach Byron Scott publicly challenged J.J. Hickson at a preseason game in Columbus and Hickson in practice the next few days and turned it on against the Celtics. He finished with 21 points (14 in the first quarter), six rebounds and a blocked shot.

"He was great tonight,'' Scott said. ''He did some really good things on the offensive end and some really good things on the defensive end. He had some lapses on the defensive end, but his activity tonight and his aggressiveness was fantastic. He got us off to a great start and in the second half he didn't have a letdown. Hopefully it's a sign of things to come.''

Hickson said of Scott, ''He told me, 'When I stop talking to you, that's when you need to worry.' Once he gets on me and continues to push me, I know I can reach my full potential.''

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said his team let Hickson ''go right quite a bit. That's basically the way he wants to go. We just didn't do a lot of things we're capable of defensively.''

** Hickson cooled off in the second half, but it didn't seem to bother the Cavs that they lacked a go-to guy. Six players scored in double figures to epitomize their ''One for All'' approach.

"I think they value that their true strength is playing together,'' said the Celtics' Kevin Garnett. ''They don't have that one or two go-to guys, but they do play well together. When you play together, you dilute the responsibility.''

** Only one second remained on the shot clock when the ball went out of bounds, but Anthony Parker found time to get off a huge 3-pointer from the key at the buzzer that stood up to replay despite much protest from Rivers. Parker's shot gave the Cavs an 89-84 lead with 2:27 left.

Parker contributed 10 points, two rebounds and six assists. 

** Daniel Gibson rebounded from a scoreless first half in which he went 0 for 7 from the field and finished with 16 points, hitting 4 of 7 after intermission. He added a team-high eight assists.

''He's been great all preseason and training camp,'' Scott said. ''I knew he wasn't going to lose confidence in himself. I think everyone was a little nervous and excited.''

** While the Cavs didn't run as much as I expected, guard Ramon Sessions looked capable of pushing the ball like Scott wants. Sessions scored 14 points, but hit just 6 of 15 from the field.



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