BOSTON -- LeBron James drove to the basket, the lane surprisingly clear. He reached out toward the rim, rolled the ball off his fingertips . . .
James' shots went awry in the final minute, completing one of the worst nights of his career and giving the Boston Celtics a 76-72 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
"This was two heavyweights, just body-punching," said Kevin Garnett, who scored 28 points to lead the Celtics. "There was no finesse, no jabs, just an all-out, beat-down, defensive fight."
Boston held James to 12 points on two-for-18 shooting; only once in his career has he made fewer baskets. He missed three drives and a three-point shot in the final minute, including the potential game-tying finger roll with 8.5 seconds left.
"I missed a lot of shots I know I can make," said James, who scored two points in the second half and missed his last six shots.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 22 points for the Cavaliers.