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Cavs Clobber Celts in Preseason Opener

Love Leads the Way, Sexton Impresses in NBA Debut
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Wrap-Up - Tuesday’s preseason opener wasn’t so much about facing the Celtics – although it felt great to come back and drop Boston again in Cleveland’s first visit since winning Game 7 of the ECF. It was more about how the new-look Cavaliers would fare in their first outing together.

And although the first team only played the first half, the results were positive across the first three periods – with Kevin Love grabbing his new role as the squad’s leader and top pick Collin Sexton playing with total confidence as Cleveland dominated Boston, 102-95, in a game nowhere near as close as the final score would indicate.

Love and Rodney Hood each came out aggressive on Tuesday night and Cleveland ran out to a double-digit lead to end the first quarter. The Celtics – playing their third preseason game and without the services of Kyrie Irving – were sluggish all night, with Jaylen Brown as the only Boston starter in double-figures.

The Cavaliers had their legs in this one – grabbing that double-digit lead early and holding it until both coaches emptied their benches in the fourth quarter. Boston got within five in the final minute, but Isaiah Taylor put the finishing touches on the affair with a pretty floater to end the scoring.

Kevin Love was rock-solid in the win – leading both squads with 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including 2-of-3 from long-range and 5-of-7 from the stripe. Love – who got a postgame visit from his uncle, the Beach Boys’ Mike Love – also notched four boards and a steal in 18 productive minutes of work.

Collin Sexton – this past June’s 8th overall pick – looked like he’d been doing it for years, following up with 15 points. The Young Bull went 5-of-11 from the floor and 2-of-3 from deep, tallying three boards and an assist in just under 23 minutes off the bench.

David Nwaba and Jordan Clarkson each added a dozen points of their own off the bench – with Nwaba hitting on four of the five shots he attempted and Clarkson going 5-of-8 after hitting all three attempts before intermission.

Sophomore Cedi Osman had a nice all-around effort – chipping in with 11 points to go with seven boards and a team-high four assists. Rodney Hood rounded out the Cavaliers in double-figures with 10 points in the win.

Boston was paced by a pair of reserves as well – with Marcus Smart (15 points) and Marcus Morris (14) leading the way.

Turning Point - The Wine & Gold wasted no time in this one, jumping all over Boston early – taking a nine-point edge three minutes into the contest and barely letting up from there. After the Celtics cut it to three midway through the period, Cleveland bounced right back – closing the quarter on a 16-6 run to take a 13-point edge after one.

Both teams went with their regular rotations in the second quarter, but the Cavs held firm – never allowing Boston to cut their edge to single digits before half.

By the Numbers16 three-point percentage (5-of-31) that the Cavaliers held Boston to in Tuesday night’s win in the Garden.

QuotableCollin Sexton on being nervous before his NBA debut ... ”No, I was ready to get out there and get the first one under my belt just because we were getting tired of playing each other in practice. I try to just stay level-headed and go into the game with a clear mind and not worry about anything.”

Up Next - The Wine & Gold now return home for a pair – opening the home preseason schedule with these same Celtics on Saturday night. The Pacers come to The Q for a Monday night meeting. Cleveland wraps up the preseason next Friday night when they travel to face the Pistons at the Jack Breslin Student Center on the campus of Michigan State University.


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#CavsCeltics Preseason Postgame: Collin Sexton - October 2, 2018

Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton spoke with the media following Tuesday's 102-95 preseason victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.

Cavaliers at Celtics (Preseason) - October 2, 2018

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#CavsCeltics Preseason Postgame: Collin Sexton - October 2, 2018

Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton spoke with the media following Tuesday's 102-95 preseason victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.
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#CavsCeltics Preseason Postgame: Kevin Love - October 2, 2018

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke with the media following Tuesday's 102-95 preseason victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.
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#CavsCeltics Preseason Postgame: Coach Lue - October 2, 2018

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Tuesday's 102-95 preseason victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.
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Relive Cavs 102-95 Win Over Celtics

Kevin Love scores 17 points to lead the Cavaliers past the Celtics, 102-95.
Oct 2, 2018  |  00:00

Nwaba Strong with the And-One

David Nwaba streaks down the floor for the strong layup, plus the foul.
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Sexton Showing His Range

Collin Sexton shows off his range by netting two corner triples in the third quarter.
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Wine & Gold, Give & Go

Cedi Osman and Tristan Thompson work the give-and-go with T.T. dropping the dime to Cedi for the deuce.
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Cedi and T.T. Work the Two-Man Game

Cedi Osman and Tristan Thompson run the pick-and-roll to perfection as Cedi drops the pocket pass to T.T. for the easy hook shot.
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Clarkson Heats Up

Jordan Clarkson heats up to close out the first quarter with seven straight points.
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KLove Converts the Tough And-One

Kevin Love gets into the paint, draws the contact and gets the bucket to fall, plus the foul.
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Cedi with the Fastbreak Finish

Rodney Hood swipes the steal and starts the fastbreak resulting in a Cedi Osman layup.
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#CavsCeltics Preseason Shootaround: Coach Lue - October 2, 2018

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Preseason Practice: Coach Lue

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Monday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts as the Wine & Gold prep for their preseason opener against the Boston Celtics.
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Preseason Practice: Larry Nance Jr.

Cavaliers center Larry Nance Jr. spoke with the media following Monday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts as the Wine & Gold prep for their preseason opener against the Boston Celtics.
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Preseason Practice: Channing Frye

Cavaliers center Channing Frye spoke with the media following Monday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts as the Wine & Gold prep for their preseason opener against the Boston Celtics.
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