BOSTON: Dion Waiters' potential game-tying shot in the final seconds was blocked and Earl Clark never got a shot off at the buzzer as the Cavs lost to the Boston Celtics on Saturday 103-100 in a wild day when Andrew Bynum was suspended indefinitely and the Cavs rallied from 19 down at the start of the fourth quarter.
Kyrie Irving never touched the ball on either of the Cavs' final two possessions. Waiters drove the lane with the Cavs down 102-100, but his left-handed shot at the rim was blocked by Brandon Bass. The Cavs wasted precious seconds before fouling Avery Bradley, who split a pair of free throws with 1.4 seconds left, leaving the Cavs one more chance to tie.
But Irving was in the opposite corner of the inbounds pass and never made it to the ball, leaving Clark as the only option. But he didn't get the shot off before the buzzer as the Cavs lost their fourth straight and sixth of their last seven.
Irving had 32 points, including 12 during a frenetic fourth-quarter comeback. The Cavs trailed by as many as 22 points and entered the fourth down 85-66, but a flurry of 3-pointers from Irving and Jarrett Jack gave the Cavs a shot to tie the game at the buzzer.
Waiters had 17 points off the bench and Clark had 12 points. Tyler Zeller, in his most extensive playing time in weeks following the Bynum suspension, had 10 rebounds. Rookie Anthony Bennett played 19 minutes, including big minutes in the fourth quarter, and had 5 points and 5 rebounds.