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Neither the Celtics nor the Cavaliers shot the ball well Wednesday night. Cleveland caught fire for just long enough, however, to pull away from Boston on a night during which offensive struggles were abound.

The Cavs shot 70.6 percent during the fourth quarter after making only 38.1 percent of their shots over the first three quarters combined. By contrast, the C’s shot just 32.1 percent from the field during the fourth and 35.6 percent overall.

The hottest stretch of their final period began at the 9:49 mark and lasted for more than two minutes as they turned a three-point deficit into an eight-point lead. Damyean Dotson initiated the run when Cleveland trailed 72-69. He made a jumper that was assisted by Kevin Love, and then just 23 seconds later, Love canned a 3-pointer of his own to give the Cavs a 74-72 lead. That moment marked the final lead change of the night.

Dotson and Love went on to drain back-to-back triples at the 7:52 mark and the 7:25 mark, respectively, to give Cleveland an eight-point advantage. That lead would go on to swell to as many as 13 points before the Cavs completed a 102-94 victory

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Payton Pritchard came off of Boston’s bench to provide another stellar shooting night from long range Wednesday night. He connected on four of his nine 3-pointers on the night, which gives him a total of 97 on the season and leaves him just eight behind Jayson Tatum’s Celtics rookie record for 3-pointers made in a season (105). Pritchard is now shooting 41.6 percent from 3-point range this season, which ranks 17th in the league among players who have made at least 97 triples as of the end of Boston’s contest Wednesday night.

Pritchard also contributed seven rebounds on the night, which tied his career high. Those seven boards trailed only Jayson Tatum’s eight on the team. The rookie guard’s box score was rounded out by dishing out three assists and grabbing one steal during his 25-plus minutes of action.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Three players scored at least 28 points during the game, led by 30 from Kevin Love. Jayson Tatum (29 points) and Collin Sexton (28 points) were the others.
  • Love also grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.
  • Payton Pritchard scored 15 points off the bench, tied his career high in rebounds with seven, and shot 4-for-9 from long range.
  • The two teams combined for only nine fast break points.
  • Love made six of Cleveland's eight 3-pointers.
  • Cleveland out-assisted Boston by a count of 27-14.
  • Seven Celtics grabbed a steal during the game, led by two apiece from Tatum and Evan Fournier.

Quote of the Night

"Guys gotta understand: This is the playoffs. It’s for all the marbles. There are no redos."

Tristan Thompson on Boston's upcoming play-in tournament game

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