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James scores 31, Cavs beat Celts 103-95 for 3-0 series lead


By HOWARD ULMAN
Posted Apr 23 2015 11:36PM

BOSTON (AP) LeBron James got to the arena early. When he left the Cleveland Cavaliers had a chance to put an early end to the series.

James scored 31 points in his first playoff game in Boston since a masterful performance in the 2012 postseason. And Cleveland moved one win away from a sweep in its first playoff series in five years with a 103-95 victory Thursday night.

James arrived an hour early at the morning shootaround, accompanied by teammate J.R. Smith. It was a sign of his leadership, according to coach David Blatt.

"He didn't necessarily have to" after scoring 30 points in Game 2, Blatt said, "but he wanted to be with his teammate."

Smith had his best game of the series with 15 points.

"We were together last night watching playoff games," James said. "He said he wanted to go early and I said, `Let's go."'

Cleveland can complete the sweep of the best-of-seven series Sunday in Boston. No NBA team has won a series after trailing 3-0.

"You want to make sure that we play as well as possible for however many games we have left," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

Kevin Love added 23 points for Cleveland, none bigger than two 3-pointers after Boston cut the lead to 95-92 on Evan Turner's 3-pointer with 2:45 left. Those shots put Cleveland up 101-93 with 26 seconds to go.

"Kevin has been great," Blatt said. "Maybe he didn't score as much in the second game as he did tonight, or in the first game, but he's been engaged at both ends" of the court.

Turner had 19 points and Avery Bradley added 18 for Boston while Isaiah Thomas managed just five points and missed seven of nine shots after scoring 22 in the first two games.

"They're paying him a lot of attention," Stevens said. "For whatever reason, he was having an off night."

It was James' first postseason game in Boston since Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals when he was with Miami. He had 45 points and 15 rebounds in that game to avoid elimination. The Heat won Game 7 at home then beat Oklahoma City for James' first NBA title.

On Thursday he was booed nearly every time he touched the ball in the first half. The Celtics led 48-44 before the Cavaliers closed with a 12-0 run for a 56-44 lead. In the last 40 seconds, James had six points and a steal.

Boston tied it at 56 by scoring the first eight points of the third quarter. Then Cleveland went on another spurt and took a 77-66 lead on a 3-pointer by Kyrie Irving with just under 4 minutes left in the period.

The Cavaliers led 84-76 after three quarters before James opened the fourth by scoring Cleveland's first seven points for a 91-82 lead then fed Tristan Thompson with an alley-oop pass.

Cleveland is in its first playoff series since 2010 when it lost the Eastern Conference semifinals to Boston in six games. Two months later, James left for the Heat and led them to the NBA Finals in all four of his seasons, winning two championships before returning to the Cavaliers this season.

James finished with 11 rebounds and just two turnovers after committing 11 in the first two games. Love had nine rebounds.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Love had nine points in the opening quarter after totaling just three in the first 12 minutes of the first two games. ... Irving didn't make his first field goal until he hit a 3-pointer with 6:27 left in the third quarter, giving Cleveland a 70-66 lead.

Celtics: Stevens coached his first NBA home playoff game but watched as a fan in the 2008 playoffs in the building. ... Boston made six of its first seven shots in the third quarter.

HARD KNOCKS

The Celtics played more physically in the first half than they did in the first two games. Jonas Jerebko knocked down Irving on a hard foul and Smith received a technical while players milled around. And in the final minute, Turner received a flagrant foul against James, who then made two free throws and a jumper on the game's next possession.

MISSING POISE

Stevens was impressed with his players' energy and spirit but said they lacked poise.

After the game, he repeated to his players a statement he once heard: "`When considering the consequences of not doing the little things, you realize there are no little things.' That applies to us right now."

ON THE GLASS

Thompson came up with some key offensive rebounds down the stretch, just as he did in Cleveland's 99-91 win in Game 2. One of the biggest came on the possession when Love hit his last 3-pointer.

"He just outworked us," Bradley said.


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CLE
BOS
     
    • 45.2%

    • 43.9%

    • 41.4%

    • 26.3%

    • 62.5%

    • 85.7%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
CLE BOS
Total Rebounds 45 45
Offensive Rebounds 11 9
Turnovers 11 15
Fast Break Pts: 7 12
Biggest Lead: 11 4
Points in the Paint: 28 48
CLE BOS
p James   31 Turner   19
rb James   11 2 players   8
a Irving   6 Turner   8
s James   4 2 players   2
b 2 players   2 Crowder   2
 
  • 11/14 - CLE 122 @ BOS 121
  • 03/03 - BOS 79 @ CLE 110
  • 04/10 - BOS 99 @ CLE 90
  • 04/12 - CLE 78 @ BOS 117
Cleveland Cavaliers (53-29)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
L. James F 41:58 13-26 1-5 4-5 +2 1 10 11 4 1 4 2 2 1 31
K. Love F 37:23 8-16 6-10 1-4 +10 2 7 9 3 3 0 1 0 1 23
T. Mozgov C 19:21 2-4 0-0 1-1 -9 1 5 6 0 1 0 4 1 0 5
J.R. Smith G 38:16 6-12 3-8 0-0 +12 2 3 5 2 3 2 0 0 0 15
K. Irving G 39:49 3-11 2-3 5-6 -3 0 1 1 6 2 2 2 1 1 13
T. Thompson   28:06 4-7 0-0 4-8 +13 5 2 7 0 5 0 1 2 1 12
I. Shumpert   20:38 2-4 0-1 0-0 +14 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 4
M. Dellavedova   10:14 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 0 3 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
J. Jones   04:15 0-1 0-0 0-0 +1 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
B. Haywood DNP - Coach's Decision
S. Marion DNP - Coach's Decision
M. Miller DNP - Coach's Decision
K. Perkins DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 38-84 12-29 15-24   11 34 45 17 18 9 11 7 5 103
  45.2% 41.4% 62.5%   team rebs: 9 total to: 11
Boston Celtics (40-42)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
E. Turner F 33:04 8-15 1-1 2-2 0 0 8 8 8 4 2 4 0 2 19
B. Bass F 22:26 2-3 0-0 0-0 -12 0 2 2 3 0 0 0 1 1 4
T. Zeller C 28:28 3-9 0-0 3-3 +1 0 6 6 0 1 0 0 0 2 9
A. Bradley G 32:40 7-18 1-6 3-3 0 1 3 4 0 2 1 1 0 0 18
M. Smart G 17:40 2-6 1-3 3-4 -8 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 0 0 8
J. Sullinger   16:32 4-6 0-1 2-2 -5 2 6 8 0 3 0 2 1 0 10
I. Thomas   21:08 2-9 0-3 1-2 -13 0 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 1 5
J. Crowder   30:41 5-6 2-3 4-5 -2 2 5 7 4 5 2 4 2 0 16
G. Datome   09:29 1-3 0-1 0-0 -3 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 2
J. Jerebko   25:11 2-7 0-1 0-0 +2 3 4 7 0 2 1 1 1 1 4
K. Olynyk   02:41 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
P. Pressey DNP - Coach's Decision
G. Wallace DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 36-82 5-19 18-21   9 36 45 20 23 6 15 5 7 95
  43.9% 26.3% 85.7%   team rebs: 5 total to: 15

inactive

  • Cavaliers: Harris, Varejao
  • Celtics: Babb, Young

technical fouls

  • Cavaliers: Smith
  • Celtics: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 4
  • Times Tied: 6

arena stats

  • Arena: TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • Officials: #19 James Capers, #16 David Guthrie, #23 Jason Phillips
  • Attendance: 18624
  • Duration: 2:27
Cleveland Cavaliers (54-29) Boston Celtics (40-43)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Bass vs Mozgov (Irving gains possession)
Smith Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed  11:43  
  11:42 Bradley Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:19 Bradley 3pt Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:18  
James Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  11:11
[CLE 2-0]
 
  10:51 Bradley Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  10:50  
James Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  10:42
[CLE 4-0]
 
  10:21 Turner Jump Shot: Missed 
Mozgov Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:20  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  10:05  
  10:04 Turner Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:58
[BOS 2-4]
Bass Driving Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Turner (1 AST) 
Love 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: James (1 AST)  09:37
[CLE 7-2]
 
  09:25 Turner Jump Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:24  
James 3pt Shot: Missed  09:18  
  09:17 Zeller Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:10
[BOS 5-7]
Smart 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Turner (2 AST) 
Mozgov Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Irving (1 AST)  08:49
[CLE 9-5]
 
  08:26
[BOS 7-9]
Bass Running Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Mozgov Running Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Irving (2 AST)  08:14
[CLE 11-7]
 
  08:14 Zeller Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) (D Guthrie) 
Mozgov Free Throw 1 of 1 (5 PTS)  08:14
[CLE 12-7]
 
  07:56
[BOS 9-12]
Smart Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Irving Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) (J Capers)  07:56  
  07:56
[BOS 10-12]
Smart Free Throw 1 of 1 (6 PTS) 
  07:42 Turner Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (J Capers) 
Love Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  07:42  
Team Rebound  07:42  
Love Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  07:42
[CLE 13-10]
 
  07:27 Bradley Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Mozgov Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  07:26  
Love 3pt Shot: Missed  07:16  
  07:14 Bass Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  07:08 Turner Turnover : Offensive Goaltending (1 TO) 
Team Violation : Delay Of Game (J Capers)  07:08  
James Running Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Love (1 AST)  07:04
[CLE 15-10]
 
  07:04 Team Timeout : Regular 
  06:45
[BOS 13-15]
Bradley 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Turner (3 AST) 
Love Hook Shot: Missed  06:27  
  06:26 Turner Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  06:17 Zeller Substitution replaced by Sullinger 
  06:17 Smart Substitution replaced by Thomas 
  06:08
[BOS 15-15]
Sullinger Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Turner (4 AST) 
Love Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Made (6 PTS)  05:44
[CLE 17-15]
 
  05:25 Thomas Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  05:24  
  05:19 Thomas Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (J Phillips) 
Irving Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  05:19
[CLE 18-15]
 
Irving Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  05:19
[CLE 19-15]
 
  05:05
[BOS 17-19]
Bradley Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Bass (1 AST) 
James Driving Layup Shot: Missed  04:50  
Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  04:49  
James Layup Shot: Missed Block: Sullinger (1 BLK)  04:44  
  04:43 Sullinger Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  04:41 Bradley Layup Shot: Missed 
Mozgov Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  04:40  
  04:40 Bradley Foul: Personal (1 PF) (J Phillips) 
  04:40 Turner Substitution replaced by Crowder 
James Layup Shot: Missed  04:17  
  04:16 Sullinger Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  04:09 Bradley Jump Shot: Missed 
Irving Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:07  
Mozgov Substitution replaced by Thompson  04:04  
Irving 3pt Shot: Missed  03:53  
  03:52 Sullinger Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  03:43 Sullinger 3pt Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  03:41  
Love 3pt Shot: Missed  03:28  
Thompson Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  03:27  
  03:27 Sullinger Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (D Guthrie) 
Love Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  03:27  
Team Rebound  03:27  
  03:27 Bradley Substitution replaced by Datome 
James Substitution replaced by Shumpert  03:27  
Love Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  03:27  
  03:27 Crowder Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Thompson Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (J Phillips)  03:11  
  03:11
[BOS 18-19]
Sullinger Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  03:11
[BOS 19-19]
Sullinger Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Love 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Irving (3 AST)  02:58
[CLE 22-19]
 
  02:44 Datome 3pt Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  02:43  
Shumpert Running Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  02:31
[CLE 24-19]
 
  02:16 Thomas Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  02:15 Sullinger Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  02:15
[BOS 21-24]
Sullinger Tip Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Thompson Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Love (2 AST)  02:03
[CLE 26-21]
 
  01:50 Crowder 3pt Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  01:49  
  01:42 Sullinger Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (D Guthrie) 
Team Timeout : Regular  01:42  
  01:42 Bass Substitution replaced by Jerebko 
Thompson Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  01:42  
Team Rebound  01:42  
Thompson Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  01:42  
  01:42 Jerebko Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  01:20 Datome Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  01:19  
  01:15 Jerebko Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA) (D Guthrie) 
Thompson Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  01:15  
Team Rebound  01:15  
Thompson Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS)  01:15
[CLE 27-21]
 
  01:01
[BOS 23-27]
Thomas Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Smith Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS)  00:43.8
[CLE 29-23]
 
  00:29.9
[BOS 25-29]
Datome Running Bank shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Crowder (1 AST) 
  00:21.6 Datome Foul: Personal (1 PF) (2 FTA) (J Capers) 
Thompson Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS)  00:21.6
[CLE 30-25]
 
  00:21.6 Sullinger Substitution replaced by Olynyk 
Irving Substitution replaced by Dellavedova  00:21.6  
Love Substitution replaced by Jones  00:21.6  
Thompson Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS)  00:21.6
[CLE 31-25]
 
Dellavedova Foul: Personal (1 PF) (D Guthrie)  00:06.5  
  00:05.9 Crowder Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Smith (1 ST) 
Dellavedova Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO)  00:01.5  
  00:01.5 Team Timeout : Short 
  00:01.5 Jerebko Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Smith (2 ST) 
End of 1st Quarter
Cleveland Cavaliers (54-29) Boston Celtics (40-43)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
  11:49
[BOS 27-31]
Crowder Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Olynyk (1 AST) 
Dellavedova 3pt Shot: Missed  11:32  
  11:31 Jerebko Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  11:21 Thomas 3pt Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  11:20  
James Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS)  11:14
[CLE 33-27]
 
  10:55 Olynyk Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Shumpert (1 ST) 
James Layup Shot: Missed  10:51  
Thompson Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  10:50  
  10:50 Olynyk Foul: Personal (1 PF) (D Guthrie) 
Thompson Jump Shot: Missed  10:45  
  10:44 Jerebko Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  10:25 Smart 3pt Shot: Missed 
Dellavedova Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:23  
Thompson Foul: Offensive (2 PF) (J Capers)  10:11  
Thompson Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  10:11  
  10:01 Thomas Jump Shot: Missed 
  10:00 Jerebko Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  10:00 Jerebko Tip Shot: Missed 
Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:59  
James Layup Shot: Missed  09:50  
  09:49 Crowder Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  09:41 Smart Foul: Offensive Charge (1 PF) (J Phillips) 
  09:41 Smart Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
  09:41 Olynyk Substitution replaced by Zeller 
Thompson Substitution replaced by Mozgov  09:41  
James 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Dellavedova (1 AST)  09:30
[CLE 36-27]
 
Jones Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (2 FTA) (J Phillips)  09:17  
  09:17
[BOS 28-36]
Crowder Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  09:17 Thomas Substitution replaced by Turner 
  09:17
[BOS 29-36]
Crowder Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
  09:04 Crowder Foul: Personal Block (1 PF) (J Capers) 
Jones Jump Shot: Missed  08:55  
  08:54 Zeller Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Mozgov Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (3 FTA) (D Guthrie)  08:36  
  08:36  
Jones Substitution replaced by Love  08:36  
Dellavedova Substitution replaced by Irving  08:36  
  08:36 Smart Free Throw 1 of 3 Missed 
  08:36 Team Rebound 
  08:36
[BOS 30-36]
Smart Free Throw 2 of 3 (7 PTS) 
  08:36
[BOS 31-36]
Smart Free Throw 3 of 3 (8 PTS) 
Shumpert Step Back Jump shot: Made (4 PTS)  08:12
[CLE 38-31]
 
  07:48 Smart Jump Shot: Missed 
Mozgov Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  07:47  
Shumpert Substitution replaced by Smith  07:46  
  07:45 Jump Ball Crowder vs Mozgov (Jerebko gains possession) 
Mozgov Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Crowder (1 ST)  07:45  
  07:35 Zeller Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:33 Jerebko Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  07:28 Zeller Jump Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  07:27  
Love Turnover : Poss Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO) Steal:Crowder (2 ST)  07:27  
Love Foul: Personal (1 PF) (J Phillips)  07:26  
  07:26 Smart Substitution replaced by Bradley 
  07:22
[BOS 33-38]
Zeller Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Turner (5 AST) 
Smith Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) (J Capers)  07:22  
  07:22
[BOS 34-38]
Zeller Free Throw 1 of 1 (3 PTS) 
Mozgov Turnaround Hook Shot: Missed  07:08  
  07:07 Turner Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  06:55
[BOS 36-38]
Bradley Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Love Layup Shot: Missed Block: Crowder (1 BLK)  06:33  
Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  06:32  
Love Putback Layup Shot: Missed  06:30  
  06:29 Zeller Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  06:20
[BOS 38-38]
Zeller Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Crowder (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:20  
Mozgov Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Turner (1 ST)  06:00  
Mozgov Violation:Defensive Goaltending (J Phillips)  05:57  
  05:57
[BOS 40-38]
Turner Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Smith Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  05:37
[CLE 40-40]
 
  05:23 Zeller Layup Shot: Missed Block: Mozgov (1 BLK) 
Love Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  05:22  
  05:20 Jerebko Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (J Capers) 
Smith Technical (J Capers)  05:20  
  05:20
[BOS 41-40]
Bradley Free Throw Technical (8 PTS) 
  05:20 Jerebko Substitution replaced by Bass 
Irving Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  05:20
[CLE 41-41]
 
Irving Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  05:20  
  05:20 Zeller Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  05:05
[BOS 43-41]
Turner Pullup Jump shot: Made (4 PTS) 
James 3pt Shot: Missed  04:48  
Love Rebound (Off:2 Def:5)  04:46  
Love 3pt Shot: Made (12 PTS)  04:44
[CLE 44-43]
 
  04:27 Zeller Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Mozgov Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  04:26  
  04:26 Crowder Substitution replaced by Thomas 
  04:26 Zeller Substitution replaced by Sullinger 
  04:26 Jump Ball Bradley vs Mozgov (Love gains possession) 
Mozgov Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Missed  04:12  
  04:11 Sullinger Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  04:05 Bradley 3pt Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  04:03  
Irving Jump Shot: Missed Block: Bass (1 BLK)  03:55  
  03:54 Thomas Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:49
[BOS 45-44]
Bradley Pullup Jump shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Thomas (1 AST) 
Love 3pt Shot: Missed  03:33  
  03:33 Sullinger Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  03:16 Bradley Floating Jump shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:2 Def:6)  03:15  
Irving Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Turner (2 ST)  03:06  
  03:01 Turner Layup Shot: Missed Block: Irving (1 BLK) 
  03:00 Bradley Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Irving Foul: Personal (2 PF) (2 FTA) (J Phillips)  02:53  
  02:53 Team Timeout : Regular 
Mozgov Substitution replaced by Thompson  02:53  
  02:53 Thomas Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  02:53 Team Rebound 
  02:53
[BOS 46-44]
Thomas Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  02:37  
  02:36 Turner Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  02:24
[BOS 48-44]
Turner Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Thompson Dunk Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: James (2 AST)  02:02
[CLE 46-48]
 
  01:44 Turner Jump Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  01:43  
  01:22 Sullinger Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (J Phillips) 
Thompson Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS)  01:22
[CLE 47-48]
 
Irving Substitution replaced by Shumpert  01:22  
  01:22 Bass Substitution replaced by Jerebko 
  01:22 Sullinger Substitution replaced by Zeller 
Thompson Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  01:22  
  01:22 Turner Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  01:12 Bradley 3pt Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:7)  01:11  
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Shumpert (1 AST)  01:02
[CLE 50-48]
 
  00:48.9 Turner Layup Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:8)  00:46.9  
James Jump Shot: Made (13 PTS)  00:38.4
[CLE 52-48]
 
  00:31.9 Thomas Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:James (1 ST) 
  00:29.3 Turner Foul: Flagrant Type 1 (2 PF) (2 FTA) (D Guthrie) 
James Free Throw Flagrant 1 of 2 (14 PTS)  00:29.3
[CLE 53-48]
 
James Free Throw Flagrant 2 of 2 (15 PTS)  00:29.3
[CLE 54-48]
 
  00:29.3 Zeller Substitution replaced by Crowder 
Thompson Substitution replaced by Jones  00:29.3  
James Step Back Jump shot: Made (17 PTS)  00:06.8
[CLE 56-48]
 
  00:01.9 Thomas 3pt Shot: Missed 
Jones Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  00:00.3  
End of 2nd Quarter
Cleveland Cavaliers (54-29) Boston Celtics (40-43)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
  11:45 Jerebko Running Hook Shot: Missed 
  11:44 Jerebko Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 
  11:44
[BOS 50-56]
Jerebko Tip Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  11:18  
  11:18 Crowder Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  11:13
[BOS 52-56]
Bradley Floating Jump shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Crowder (3 AST) 
Love 3pt Shot: Missed  10:50  
  10:49 Turner Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  10:45
[BOS 54-56]
Zeller Slam Dunk Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Turner (6 AST) 
James 3pt Shot: Missed  10:17  
Mozgov Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  10:14  
Mozgov Turnover : Traveling (3 TO)  10:00  
  09:48
[BOS 56-56]
Turner Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
James Jump Shot: Made (19 PTS)  09:37
[CLE 58-56]
 
  09:37 Crowder Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (1 FTA) (D Guthrie) 
James Free Throw 1 of 1 (20 PTS)  09:37
[CLE 59-56]
 
  09:23
[BOS 58-59]
Turner Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Mozgov Turnover : Lost Ball (4 TO) Steal:Bradley (1 ST)  08:59  
  08:53 Crowder Foul: Offensive Charge (3 PF) (D Guthrie) 
  08:53 Crowder Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
Love 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Irving (4 AST)  08:41
[CLE 62-58]
 
Smith Foul: Shooting Block (2 PF) (2 FTA) (D Guthrie)  08:25  
  08:25
[BOS 59-62]
Turner Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS) 
  08:25
[BOS 60-62]
Turner Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Love (3 AST)  08:10
[CLE 65-60]
 
  08:00 Turner Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:James (2 ST) 
James Dunk Shot: Made (22 PTS)  07:55
[CLE 67-60]
 
  07:39
[BOS 62-67]
Bradley Driving Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Irving Layup Shot: Missed  07:24  
  07:23 Team Rebound 
Mozgov Substitution replaced by Thompson  07:23  
Thompson Foul: Shooting (3 PF) (2 FTA) (J Capers)  07:09  
  07:09
[BOS 63-67]
Zeller Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS) 
  07:09
[BOS 64-67]
Zeller Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
James Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Jerebko (1 ST)  06:59  
Love Foul: Shooting (2 PF) (2 FTA) (J Phillips)  06:56  
  06:56
[BOS 65-67]
Bradley Free Throw 1 of 2 (15 PTS) 
  06:56
[BOS 66-67]
Bradley Free Throw 2 of 2 (16 PTS) 
Irving Driving Layup Shot: Missed  06:44  
Thompson Rebound (Off:3 Def:0)  06:43  
James Jump Shot: Missed  06:32  
Smith Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  06:31  
Irving 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Smith (1 AST)  06:28
[CLE 70-66]
 
  06:04 Turner Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:9)  06:02  
  05:52 Team Timeout : Regular 
Thompson Jump Shot: Missed Block: Jerebko (1 BLK)  05:41  
  05:40 Crowder Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  05:38 Crowder Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Irving (1 ST) 
James Layup Shot: Made (24 PTS)  05:33
[CLE 72-66]
 
  05:16 Turner Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:James (3 ST) 
Love Jump Shot: Missed  05:03  
  05:02 Turner Rebound (Off:0 Def:7) 
  04:52 Zeller Layup Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  04:51  
Love Jump Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Smith (2 AST)  04:31
[CLE 74-66]
 
  04:16 Turner Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:James (4 ST) 
  04:16 Turner Foul: Personal (3 PF) (J Capers) 
  04:16 Turner Substitution replaced by Thomas 
  04:16 Zeller Substitution replaced by Bass 
  04:16 Bradley Substitution replaced by Smart 
  04:16 Jerebko Substitution replaced by Sullinger 
Irving 3pt Shot: Made (9 PTS)  03:59
[CLE 77-66]
 
Smith Foul: Personal (3 PF) (J Capers)  03:40  
  03:29
[BOS 69-77]
Crowder 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Smart (1 AST) 
James 3pt Shot: Missed  03:06  
  03:06 Sullinger Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  02:56 Thomas 3pt Shot: Missed Block: James (1 BLK) 
  02:55 Sullinger Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 
  02:46
[BOS 71-77]
Sullinger Floating Jump shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Bass (2 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:38  
James Substitution replaced by Shumpert  02:35  
  02:35 Jump Ball Crowder vs Thompson 
Smith Turnaround Fadeaway shot: Made (12 PTS)  02:16
[CLE 79-71]
 
  01:57
[BOS 74-79]
Crowder 3pt Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Bass (3 AST) 
Irving Turnover : Traveling (2 TO)  01:38  
  01:27 Smart 3pt Shot: Missed 
Love Rebound (Off:2 Def:7)  01:26  
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (15 PTS) Assist: Irving (5 AST)  01:08
[CLE 82-74]
 
  00:52.3
[BOS 76-82]
Sullinger Running Bank shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Thomas (2 AST) 
Thompson Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS)  00:31.9
[CLE 84-76]
 
  00:12.9 Thomas Fadeaway Jump Shot: Missed 
Thompson Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  00:11.9  
Shumpert 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.2  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 3rd Quarter
Cleveland Cavaliers (54-29) Boston Celtics (40-43)
Start of 4th QuarterBack to Top
James Jump Shot: Made (26 PTS)  11:35
[CLE 86-76]
 
  11:22
[BOS 78-86]
Thomas Running Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
James Jump Bank Shot: Made (28 PTS)  10:56
[CLE 88-78]
 
  10:37 Sullinger Jump Shot: Missed 
  10:36 Smart Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  10:35 Smart Layup Shot: Missed 
James Rebound (Off:0 Def:10)  10:34  
  10:34 Smart Foul: Personal (2 PF) (D Guthrie) 
Dellavedova 3pt Shot: Missed  10:20  
  10:20 Bass Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  10:15 Bass Jump Shot: Missed Block: Shumpert (1 BLK) 
Team Rebound  10:14  
James Jump Shot: Missed  09:52  
  09:51 Smart Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  09:41 Sullinger Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  09:18  
James Rebound (Off:1 Def:10)  09:16  
  08:57 Datome Foul: Shooting Block (2 PF) (2 FTA) (J Phillips) 
  08:57  
  08:57 Bass Substitution replaced by Turner 
  08:57 Smart Substitution replaced by Zeller 
  08:57 Sullinger Substitution replaced by Jerebko 
  08:57 Thomas Substitution replaced by Bradley 
Smith Substitution replaced by Irving  08:57  
James Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  08:57  
Team Rebound  08:57  
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (29 PTS)  08:57
[CLE 89-78]
 
  08:38
[BOS 80-89]
Turner Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Dellavedova Running Bank shot: Missed  08:16  
  08:15 Zeller Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  07:58
[BOS 82-89]
Jerebko Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Datome (1 AST) 
James Jump Shot: Made (31 PTS)  07:29
[CLE 91-82]
 
  07:07
[BOS 84-91]
Turner Jump Shot: Made (16 PTS) 
James Jump Shot: Missed  06:43  
  06:42 Zeller Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
  06:25 Jerebko Layup Shot: Missed 
Dellavedova Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  06:22  
Irving Jump Shot: Missed  06:13  
  06:12 Team Rebound 
Thompson Foul: Loose Ball (4 PF) (D Guthrie)  06:12  
  06:12 Datome Substitution replaced by Crowder 
  06:01 Bradley Jump Shot: Missed 
Dellavedova Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  06:00  
Thompson Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: James (3 AST)  05:48
[CLE 93-84]
 
James Foul: Personal (1 PF) (J Phillips)  05:32  
  05:32 Team Timeout : Regular 
Dellavedova Substitution replaced by Love  05:32  
  05:29 Zeller Dunk Shot: Missed Block: Thompson (1 BLK) 
Thompson Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  05:28  
Shumpert Layup Shot: Missed Block: Crowder (2 BLK)  05:05  
  05:03 Bradley Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  05:02 Bradley Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Irving (2 ST) 
Irving Jump Shot: Missed  05:00  
  05:00 Bradley Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  04:52
[BOS 86-93]
Crowder Driving Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Turner (7 AST) 
Shumpert Foul: Shooting (1 PF) (1 FTA) (D Guthrie)  04:52  
  04:52
[BOS 87-93]
Crowder Free Throw 1 of 1 (13 PTS) 
Irving Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS)  04:35
[CLE 95-87]
 
  04:22 Jerebko 3pt Shot: Missed 
Shumpert Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:20  
Irving Jump Shot: Missed  04:09  
  04:08 Turner Rebound (Off:0 Def:8) 
  04:03 Bradley 3pt Shot: Missed 
  04:01 Crowder Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  03:59
[BOS 89-95]
Crowder Putback Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS) 
Thompson Layup Shot: Missed  03:34  
  03:33 Crowder Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
Love Foul: Personal (3 PF) (J Capers)  03:27  
Shumpert Substitution replaced by Smith  03:27  
  03:21 Bradley 3pt Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  03:21  
  03:08 Crowder Foul: Personal (4 PF) (J Capers) 
James Turnover : Backcourt Turnover (2 TO)  03:04  
  03:04 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:45
[BOS 92-95]
Turner 3pt Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Crowder (4 AST) 
Irving Running Jump Shot: Missed  02:19  
Thompson Rebound (Off:4 Def:2)  02:18  
Love 3pt Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Irving (6 AST)  02:13
[CLE 98-92]
 
  01:56 Jerebko Jump Shot: Missed Block: Thompson (2 BLK) 
  01:55 Team Rebound 
  01:52 Crowder Foul: Offensive (5 PF) (J Capers) 
  01:52 Crowder Turnover : Foul (4 TO) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  01:32  
  01:31 Jerebko Rebound (Off:3 Def:4) 
  01:15 Turner Layup Shot: Missed Block: James (2 BLK) 
  01:14 Crowder Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
Thompson Foul: Shooting (5 PF) (2 FTA) (J Capers)  01:14  
  01:14
[BOS 93-98]
Crowder Free Throw 1 of 2 (16 PTS) 
  01:14 Jerebko Substitution replaced by Bass 
  01:14 Crowder Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  01:13  
Team Timeout : Regular  01:12  
James Jump Shot: Missed  00:51.9  
Thompson Rebound (Off:5 Def:2)  00:49.9  
Love 3pt Shot: Made (23 PTS) Assist: James (4 AST)  00:26.7
[CLE 101-93]
 
  00:26.7 Team Timeout : Regular 
  00:26.7 Bass Substitution replaced by Thomas 
Love Substitution replaced by Shumpert  00:26.7  
  00:18.5
[BOS 95-101]
Bradley Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Turner (8 AST) 
  00:17.6 Turner Foul: Personal Take (4 PF) (J Phillips) 
  00:17.6 Zeller Substitution replaced by Bass 
  00:17.6 Thomas Substitution replaced by Smart 
Thompson Substitution replaced by Love  00:17.6  
  00:14.0 Bradley Foul: Personal Take (2 PF) (2 FTA) (J Phillips) 
Irving Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS)  00:14.0
[CLE 102-95]
 
Love Substitution replaced by Thompson  00:14.0  
  00:14.0 Turner Substitution replaced by Thomas 
  00:14.0 Bass Substitution replaced by Sullinger 
  00:14.0 Crowder Substitution replaced by Zeller 
  00:14.0 Smart Substitution replaced by Datome 
Irving Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS)  00:14.0
[CLE 103-95]
 
  00:05.5 Sullinger Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (2 TO) 
End of 4th Quarter
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standings
w
l
l10
h
a
CLE
1st Central
53
29
7-3
31-10
22-19
BOS
2nd Atlantic
40
42
8-2
21-20
19-22
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
CLE
James 35.8
James 13.3
James 9.3
Mozgov 3.0
Irving 4.0
BOS
2 players 17.5
2 players 7.3
2 players 7.0
6 players 0.8
2 players 1.0
Cavaliers Stats
 seasonplayoffs
FG%.458.438
FT%.751.770
Points103.1104.0
Rebounds43.047.0
Assists22.116.8
Steals7.47.8
Blocks4.17.8
3-Point %.367.320
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Celtics Stats
 seasonplayoffs
FG%.443.420
FT%.754.000
Points101.494.8
Rebounds43.840.8
Assists24.520.0
Steals8.25.2
Blocks3.63.8
3-Point %.327.256
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Composite Box Score updated through Game 4
Cleveland Cavaliers (4-0)
field goalsrebounds
 minfgm-a3pm-aftm-aoffdeftotastpfsttobsbapts
Dellavedova, Matthew42:563-112-72-404457030010
Irving, Kyrie162:2430-6912-2521-26515201713454393
James, LeBron172:0342-904-2020-272343626891962108
Jones, James46:023-132-112-205505001010
Love, Kevin106:5017-419-2114-19622281012162557
Marion, Shawn0:520-00-00-00000020000
Mozgov, Timofey97:5914-260-011-121220320151912339
Perkins, Kendrick6:110-00-03-41010102003
Shumpert, Iman116:037-152-812-1241822210414128
Smith, J.R.107:0115-418-301-231013413920039
Thompson, Tristan101:399-140-011-1815122739122129
Boston Celtics (0-4)
field goalsrebounds
 minfgm-a3pm-aftm-aoffdeftotastpfsttobsbapts
Bass, Brandon85:527-200-06-10358104133620
Bradley, Avery133:0719-505-196-731215313330149
Crowder, Jae100:2315-293-1010-1381220814453243
Datome, Luigi13:402-60-20-00111400004
Jerebko, Jonas67:535-150-41-24101419231111
Olynyk, Kelly53:167-133-61-2235212242118
Pressey, Phil5:030-30-10-01010100100
Smart, Marcus89:5714-293-138-155611512141039
Sullinger, Jared80:1721-383-94-791928112053249
Thomas, Isaiah119:2018-543-1831-321111228103140770
Turner, Evan117:5016-442-48-9227291911390742
Wallace, Gerald3:410-10-00-00110000010
Zeller, Tyler89:4115-290-04-52161825241334