Ray Allen helps Celtics beat Cavaliers

BOSTON — Ray Allen scored a season-high 33 points, hitting his sixth three-pointer to give the Celtics a four-point lead with 48 seconds left, and Boston held on despite 42 points from LeBron James to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 117-113, Sunday.

The win ended a three-game home losing streak for Boston.

James scored 20 in the fourth quarter, when the Cavaliers erased a 17-point lead and took their first lead of the game, 104-103, with 2:58 left. But he missed two free throws in the last 16 seconds and a three-point attempt on a fastbreak with 3.2 seconds left when a two-pointer would have tied it.

Despite the loss, Cleveland clinched home-court advantage for the entire postseason.

—Associated Press