Paul Pierce and Lebron James weren't going to be outdone by Kobe Bryant and Ray Allen.

Late in the third quarter, Pierce spit in the direction of 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.

Pierce finished the game with 14 points, while James scored 21.  

New Cavalier Drew Gooden led all scorers with 25 points.

The Cavaliers were victorious beating the Boston by 7 points, 95-88.