Great players are supposed to change the trajectory of games. Kyrie Irving did that Friday night at TD Garden as his Cavaliers downed the Celtics 97-91.
Irving nailed consecutive 3-pointers in a span of just 79 seconds to wipe out Boston’s five-point advantage and put the Cavs on top by one. Those 3s were the main spark in a 13-1 overall run that put Cleveland on top 68-63.
The Cavaliers never trailed after those 3s by Irving. In fact, their lead never dropped below three points after they were on top 68-63. In the meantime, their lead ballooned to as many as 14 points.
It all started with Irving, and that’s how it’s supposed to be when he’s the only All-Star on the floor.
Key Box Score Line
Tristan Thompson played like a lottery pick Friday night.
Check that - he played like an All-Star.
Thompson dominated the Celtics from tip off to final buzzer. He put together the best game of his young career with a career-best 29 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.
The big man out of Texas was able to accrue those incredible numbers thanks to a stellar shooting night. He made 10 of his 17 field goal attempts and was perfect from the free-throw line, making all nine of his attempts. Additionally, Thompson capitalized on many of his seven offensive rebounds to drive his numbers into career-best territory.
Box Score Nuggets
- Both teams shot 36-of-89 from the field.
- Jordan Crawford led the Celtics in field goal attempts with 14, but he made only three.
- Boston shot just 13-of-22 from the free-throw line.
- Tristan Thompson totaled game highs and career highs of 29 points and 17 rebounds.
- The Cavs outrebounded the Celtics 58-42.
- Jeff Green led the Celtics with 23 points and nine rebounds.
- Shavlik Randolph scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds in just 13 minutes of play.
- Randolph also managed to pick up six fouls in those 13 minutes.
- Both teams scored 23 points in the fourth quarter.
- The teams combined to shoot just 9-of-35 from 3-point range.
- Crawford led the Celtics in assists with five, all while not committing a single turnover.
- Kyrie Irving shot just 4-for-20 on the night but dished out a game-high eight assists.
- Boston committed only 12 turnovers.
Quote of the Night
I explain to all of our guys, 'You've got Kevin (Garnett) on your team. You've got Paul (Pierce). You have (Rajon) Rondo… and you're Shav. The fouls aren't going to go your way. Doc Rivers on Shavlik Randolph not getting calls