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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, May 5, 2010

NBA: Ainge comes clean in Cleveland towel incident

Associated Press

WALTHAM, Mass. Danny Ainge says he regrets tossing a towel in the air to distract an opponent during a free throw attempt.

The Celtics general manager told WEEI-AM in Boston he behaved unprofessionally during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Cleveland.

Ainge threw a towel in the air when Cavaliers forward J.J. Hickson was at the line in the third quarter. Boston led by 23 points at the time and Hickson made the free throw anyway.

The Celtics went on to win 104-86 to tie the best-of-seven series at one game apiece. Ainge says that he regrets causing a distraction from the team's big win.

AP-WS-05-05-10 1905EDT