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Edwards' Big Third Sinks Cavs in Preseason Finale

Boston Rookie Cans Nine Triples to Hand Cavs Third-Straight Loss
Jordan Clarkson
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The Celtics didn’t bring any of their regular starters to Cleveland, and the Cavaliers probably wish they’d left Carsen Edwards at home too.

The rookie guard from Purdue unleashed a torrent of three-pointers in the third quarter – eight to be exact – that helped Boston pull away for the 118-95 win in the Wine & Gold’s final tune-up on Tuesday night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

After blowing out the Cavs on Sunday afternoon in Beantown, the Celtics sent a skeleton crew to Cleveland on Tuesday night, but they still managed to go nearly wire-to-wire for the win. The Wine & Gold scored the first six points of the night, but that would be as good as it would get.

Cleveland trailed by eight after one quarter and by 11 at intermission. And then Edwards caught fire.

In that third quarter, the 33rd pick in this past June’s draft went 8-of-11 from beyond the arc, netting 26 points in the period – and extending Boston’s edge to as many as 23 points. On the night, Edwards finished with a game-high 30 points, going 10-of-16 from the floor overall and 9-of-15 from deep.

Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 20 points, going 7-of-14 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the stripe, adding a pair of boards and pair of assists.

”I think we took a few steps back,” said Sexton. “We allowed too many open threes, open shots – we weren’t putting pressure on (shooters) like we normally do. We took a little step back, but we’ll be good; we have a week to get ready.”

Rookie Darius Garland wasn’t quite as dynamic as Edwards, but he did show off both his range and floor vision – finishing with 16 points on 6-for-13 shooting, canning a pair of three-pointers and dishing four assists in just over 24 minutes of work.

Jordan Clarkson was also effective off the bench, chipping in with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including going 4-for-6 from three-point range to go with a pair of assists.

Cedi Osman was the only other Cavalier in double-figures while Jarell Martin led the Wine & Gold with seven boards and three steals, getting a spot-start for Tristan Thompson, who sat out the preseason finale.

Aside from Edwards, the Celtics also got some excellent performances off the bench – including 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting from Tremont Waters and 16 points from Javonte Green.

”It’s nowhere near perfect right now,” said Coach John Beilein. “We have a lot of things and obstacles right now and we have to somehow use them as stepping stones.”

The Cavaliers wrap up the preseason with a 1-3 mark, dropping their final three contests after topping San Lorenzo in the opener. The regular season tips off in just over one week when Cleveland travels to take on the Magic in Orlando next Wednesday. They return to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse for the home opener one week from Saturday against the Indiana Pacers.

Call of the Game

Nance Jr. with the Catch and Shoot

Larry Nance Jr. quickly knocks down the basket after grabbing the inbound pass.

Cavaliers vs. Celtics – October 15, 2019

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Nance Jr. with the Catch and Shoot

Larry Nance Jr. quickly knocks down the basket after grabbing the inbound pass.
Oct 23, 2019  |  00:10

Tristan Denies Magic in Third Frame

Tristan Thompson denies the Orlando Magic in the third quarter on Wednesday.
Oct 23, 2019  |  00:08

Clarkson Knocks Down Tough Jumper

Jordan Clarkson knocks down a tough shot with two defenders in his face in the second quarter.
Oct 23, 2019  |  00:21

KLove Taps In Delly's Lob

Kevin Love taps the ball in after Delly tosses a nice pass over the Magic defense.
Oct 23, 2019  |  00:09

Larry Nance Jr. Threads Needle to T.T.

Larry Nance Jr. tosses a pretty assist to Tristan Thompson in the first quarter.
Oct 23, 2019  |  00:13

Cedi Buries the Wide-Open Three

Cedi gets hot early on Wednesday, beginning with a wide-open trey in the first quarter.
Oct 23, 2019  |  00:10

#CavsCeltics Postgame: Coach Beilein

Cavaliers Head Coach John Beilein spoke with the media following Tuesday’s loss to the Boston Celtics at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Oct 15, 2019  |  08:25

#CavsCeltics Postgame: Kevin Love

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love with the media following Tuesday’s loss to the Boston Celtics at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Oct 15, 2019  |  02:36

#CavsCeltics Postgame: Collin Sexton

Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton spoke with the media following Tuesday’s loss to the Boston Celtics at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Oct 15, 2019  |  03:57

#CavsCeltics Postgame: Darius Garland

Cavaliers guard Darius Garland spoke with the media following Tuesday’s loss to the Boston Celtics at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Oct 15, 2019  |  02:06

Jarell Martin Says "Get That Weak Stuff Outta Here!"

Jarell Martin denies the Celtics shot in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's preseason finale against the Boston Celtics at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Oct 15, 2019  |  00:10

Garland and Clarkson Can Back-to-Back Treys

Darius Garland and Jordan Clarkson knock down a pair of back-to-back threes in the final frame of Tuesday's preseason game against the Boston Celtics.
Oct 15, 2019  |  00:23

Nance Jr. Threads the Needle to Sexton

Collin Sexton knocks down the easy bucket after Larry Nance Jr. threads a pretty pass in the third quarter.
Oct 15, 2019  |  00:12

Cedi Spins By Defender, Knocks Down Trey

Cedi makes an athletic move around a Boston defender in order to take a tough three in the second quarter.
Oct 15, 2019  |  00:08

Featured Highlight: KPJ's Got Moves

Kevin Porter Jr. does a nice, little stutter-step in the second quarter to bury the long two.
Oct 15, 2019  |  00:26

Clarkson Buries the Three

Clarkson buries a triple after Delly saves the ball in the second quarter.
Oct 15, 2019  |  00:10

Garland Nails the Sky-High Layup

Darius Garland knocks down an sky-high layup while falling in the first quarter against the Boston Celtics.
Oct 15, 2019  |  00:07

KLove Knocks Down First Six Points of Game

Kevin Love starts out Tuesday's preseason finale on a tear, scoring the first six points of the contest.
Oct 15, 2019  |  00:28

#CavsCeltics Shootaround: Cedi Osman

Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman spoke with the media following Tuesday’s shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts as the Wine & Gold wrap up preseason play tonight against the Boston Celtics at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Oct 15, 2019  |  07:30

Preseason Practice: Kevin Love

Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love spoke with the media following Monday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts as the Wine & Gold prep for the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.
Oct 14, 2019  |  03:32

Preseason Practice: Coach Beilein

Cavaliers Head Coach John Beilein spoke with the media following Monday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts as the Wine & Gold prep for the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.
Oct 14, 2019  |  05:49
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