Jeff McInnis hit two 3-pointers in a late 10-point run to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 95-88 preseason win over the Boston Celtics on Monday night in Columbus, Ohio.
The game included sniping between Boston's Paul Pierce and the Cavaliers' LeBron James after a spitting incident late in the third quarter.
Drew Gooden, acquired from Orlando in an offseason trade, had 25 points. James scored 21 points, Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 13 before fouling out, and McInnis scored 12 for the Cavaliers, who improved to 5-1.
Pierce and Gary Payton each scored 14 points, and Mark Blount had 13 for the Celtics, who lost for the sixth time in seven preseason games.
With the score tied at 83, McInnis hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to give the Cavaliers the lead for good with 3:28 remaining. He later added another 3-pointer from nearly the same spot, with Gooden and James each hitting inside baskets during the run.
Late in the third quarter, Pierce spit at the Cleveland bench after yelling at the Cavaliers substitutes to sit down.
Pierce had beaten James on a crossover dribble and then hit a fallaway before James answered with a long jumper. James then stole the ball from Pierce and dunked.
Pierce then confronted the Cleveland bench, leaving the game soon after to a chorus of boos from the crowd of 8,795 at Ohio State's Value City Arena. Both he and James were assessed technicals for jawing at each other.
BULLS 100, WIZARDS 95: At Chicago, Kirk Hinrich scored 32 points to lead Chicago in an exhibition game delayed by a fight. The fight caused the game to be stopped for several minutes with 3:22 left in the third quarter. Washington's Larry Hughes pushed Hinrich into Chicago's Luol Deng as he was going in for a layup.
Hughes and Hinrich confronted each other after the play and Chicago's Antonio Davis came in to defend Hinrich. Then Washington's Brendan Haywood took a swing at Davis, who countered with a right jab to Haywood's face.
They wrestled to the floor before order was restored. There were no injuries.
WARRIORS 87, TRAIL BLAZERS 84: At Portland, Ore., Jason Richardson scored 26 points and Golden State beat Portland for the second time in the preseason. Zach Randolph had 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Blazers.