The Cleveland Cavaliers pull off the win at home 124-118 against the Boston Celtics. Cavaliers improve to 24-7 and Celtics fall to 19-14 on the season. Kyrie Irving had a game high 32 points on 12 of 17 from the field, dished out 12 assists, grabbed five rebounds, and stripped away three steals. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 30 points on 10 of 22 from the field, picked up 15 rebounds, hit six three pointers, and stripped away two steals. LeBron James put in 23 points on 9 of 18 from the floor including eight rebounds, 11 assists, and blocked three shots. James played very sloppy in this game with eight turnovers.
LeBron James said, “I was pretty bad and it’s unacceptable and I can’t do that if I want to help our team get to where we want to get to. As a report card, I give myself an `F’ for tonight’s performance. I’ve got to be better.”
Tristan Thompson managed 11 points on 5 of 9 from the field, and pulled down nine rebounds. Richard Jefferson added 11 points on a perfect 2 of 2 from the floor, and collected three rebounds off the bench in 19 minutes. DeAndre Liggins dropped in eight points on 2 of 5 from the field. The Cavaliers shot a solid 51.8 percent from the field, and shot 36.8 percent on 14 of 38 from three-point range. The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Celtics 46 to 29.
James, Irving, and Love scored a combined 95 of the teams 124 total points. The Cavaliers are a really tough team to beat when their big three each score 20 or more points in a game. The Cavaliers played sloppy with 18 turnovers. The Cavaliers were up by as many as 20 points in the second half, but the Celtics came roaring back and it ended up only being a one point game under one minute remaining in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers just started playing lethargic on defense and they were not getting stops and that was how they let the Celtics come back in the game. Cavaliers will play on the road against the Charlotte Hornets tonight.
For the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas led the way with 31 points on 8 of 13 from the field, and gave out nine assists. Avery Bradley totaled 23 points on 10 of 21 from the floor, stripped away four steals, and sunk three triples. Jae Crowder finished with 23 points on 5 of 9 from the field to go along with four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Jonas Jerebko contributed 12 points on 4 of 7 from the field, and snatched seven rebounds off the bench. Tyler Zeller notched eight points in 10 minutes off the pine. Gerald Green scored eight points on 3 of 6 from the field off the bench.
Marcus Smart added nine points on 3 of 7 from the floor, and handed out five assists off the pine. The Celtics bench out-scored the Cavaliers bench 45 to 20, but it was not enough for the Celtics to win this game. The Celtics bench was the big reason why the Celtics came back in the second half. The Celtics had a good chance to win this game, but they just didn’t get stops on defense when they needed to. Celtics shot an excellent 50.6 percent from the field, and shot 32.4 percent on 12 of 37 from three-point distance. The Celtics had the ball down 120-118 with 21 seconds remaining in the game, but Jae Crowder missed an open three-point shot with eight seconds left and the Celtics would have had a one point lead if he had made that shot.