The Cleveland Cavaliers at home manhandled the Boston Celtics in game-three of the Eastern Conference Finals 116-86. The Celtics still have a 2-1 lead in the series. LeBron James led the way with 27 points on 8 of 12 from the field, including five rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, two blocks, and made three triples. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 13 points on just 4 of 12 from the field, grabbed 14 rebounds, and dished out four assists. Tristan Thompson put up 10 points on 3 of 5 from the floor, and pulled down seven rebounds.
George Hill scored 13 points on merely 4 of 11 from the field, and buried three from downtown. J.R. Smith poured in 11 points on 3 of 8 from the floor, collected five rebounds, and drained three triples. Kyle Korver totaled 14 points on a perfect 5 of 5 from the field, and nailed four three-pointers in 20 minutes off the bench. Larry Nance Jr. contributed eight points on a perfect 4 of 4 from the floor, plucked six rebounds, and stripped away three steals off the bench. Jordan Clarkson added nine points on only 3 of 11 from the field, and hit three from deep off the pine.
The Cavaliers shot 48.7 percent from the field, and shot a solid 50 percent on 17 of 34 from three-point range. All of Cavaliers starters scored in double-figures. The Cavaliers moved the ball well and executed well offensively. The Cavaliers played a great game at both ends of the floor. The Cavaliers also played with more toughness.
The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Celtics 45 to 34. This was a must win for the Cavaliers, and they could not afford to go down 3-0 in the series. The Cavaliers will host the Boston Celtics in game-four on Monday night.
LeBron James said, “I also have to inspire my teammates to be better, they answered the call tonight and they need to answer the phone another time on Monday.”
For the Celtics, rookie Jayson Tatum led the way with 18 points on 6 of 10 from the field. Terry Rozier finished with 13 points on 5 of 12 from the floor. Jaylen Brown pitched in 10 points on 3 of 8 from the field. Al Horford generated seven points on 2 of 4 from the field, to go along with seven rebounds, and four assists. Marcus Morris logged nine points on merely 2 of 8 from the floor, and picked up five rebounds.
Greg Monroe managed 10 points on 4 of 5 from the field, and gathered 5 five rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench. Aron Baynes notched seven points on 3 of 7 from the floor, snatched six rebounds, and blocked two shots off the pine. Marcus Smart compiled seven points on only 2 of 9 from the field, dished out six assists, and accumulated two steals. The Celtics shot just 39.2 percent from the field, and shot a poor 27.3 percent on 6 of 22 behind the three-point line. The Celtics never were leading in the entire game.
The Celtics have struggled on the road, and are now 1-5 on the road in the playoffs. However, they are 9-0 at home in the playoffs which is why they still have a 2-1 lead in this series. The Celtics did not execute well on offense, and they also were not getting stops on defense which was why the Cavaliers destroyed them in this one.