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Box Score Nuggets
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Key Moment

Tuesday’s Celtics-Cavs game lasted 48 minutes, but it didn’t take nearly that long for Cleveland to notch a win. The Cavaliers owned this game from the first quarter on.

Boston briefly held a 9-5 lead early on before Cleveland took control of the game. The Cavaliers rallied from that four-point deficit by rattling off a 24-7 run to close the first quarter, giving them a 29-16 lead after 12 minutes.

That was as close as Boston would get the rest of the night.

Cleveland, led by LeBron James, did nothing but build on its lead for the remainder of the night. James scored nine points during the second quarter as the Cavs outscored the C’s 32-20 to pull ahead by 25 points at the break.

Things didn’t improve for Boston after halftime. In fact, things got a whole lot worse.

The Cavs continued to pour it on with a balanced scoring attack during the third period. Seven players scored between three and seven points, helping Cleveland build a 42-point lead after three quarters.

Neither team played any of its starters during the final period, because each coach knew this game was already in the bag for Cleveland. The Cavs went on to win 110-79.

Key Player

Usually if a player scored more points than he logs minutes, he’s had himself a pretty good night.

Suffice to say, LeBron James had a pretty good night.

James dropped a game-high 27 points on Boston while logging just 25-plus minutes of playing time. He shot 12-of-23 from the field, including at least a handful of layups in the paint. James made the highlight play of the game when he handed the ball behind his back to himself to lose Avery Bradley in transition, all before putting home a dunk.

The Celtics simply had no answers for the world’s best player. James was so dominant that the Cavs outscored the Celtics by 35 points while he was on the floor.

Box Score Nuggets

  • No player on Boston's roster scored more than 15 points. Brandon Bass led the team with 15.
  • All five of Cleveland's starters scored in double-figures, while Bass was the only Celtics starter to do so.
  • LeBron James led the game in scoring with 27 points.
  • Cleveland led by as many as 44 points.
  • Evan Turner tied for the game high in assists with seven helpers.
  • Eleven of the 12 Celtics who appeared in the game scored at least two points.
  • Boston totaled just four steals on the night.
  • Kevin Love was one of two players in the game to grab more than six rebounds. He grabbed eight, while Tristan Thompson reeled in seven.
  • Cleveland outscored Boston 48-22 in the paint.
  • The Celtics scored only four fast break points.
  • Cleveland shot a perfect 14-of-14 from the free-throw line.

Quote of the Night

It's important for it to hurt. It better hurt... How you respond is everything. We'll find out a lot more about ourselves in 24 hrs.

Brad Stevens on the disappointing loss.

Key Player

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