Cleveland Cavaliers’ Lebron James scored 24 points with the help of Kevin Love adding 20 in a 89-77 win against the Boston Celtics.
This was Cleveland’s first trip back to Boston since the playoffs, when they swept them in four games. This was also Love’s first game back when he suffered a playoff ending injury thanks to Kelly Olynk, who separated his shoulder. J.R. Smith was in an incident with Jae Crowder when he punched him in the jaw and also caused a knee injury. But time heals and the Cavaliers are not taking the improved Celtics lightly.
Time heals all wounds,” said Love, who had no exchange with Olynyk during the game according to the Associated Press. ”I’ll remember my first playoff run and that fourth game being particularly tough. But as time goes on it’ll be another game against a really good team.
Cavaliers went into a physical matchup against the Celtics. Despite some questionable calls and James fighting through contact, it felt like a playoff atmosphere.
We knew it was going to be that type of game tonight, just coming off the playoff series that we had with them,” James said. ”And, it’s our first time seeing them. We were able to answer the call.
After the Celtics almost beat the Warriors last week and winning against the Hornets, this game determined their level of play against one of the top teams in the east. Avery Bradley scored 17 points and contributed for the early lead in the third quarter. Leading at 50-45, the Cavaliers came back on a 12-0 run which help secure their win despite the Celtics fighting back.
At the end of the game, when you’re trying to come back, you’re trying to whittle the lead away, they can just get a matchup they like and then keep you at bay because of their talent,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.
Celtics play tonight against the Detroit Pistons. The Cavaliers get ready for a home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on TNT.