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The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics, taking a 3-1 lead in series

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics, taking a 3-1 lead in series

Last night marked the fourth game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics in their playoff series.  The first game would be a victory for the Cavaliers as they pull away with a 117 to 104 win.  In that game, LeBron James scored thirty-eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off seven assists.  Jae Crowder would chalk up twenty-one points, eight rebounds and five assists.  Avery Bradley would also score twenty-one points, along with four rebounds and one assists.  The Cavaliers would hand the Celtics a 130-86 blowout loss in Game 2.  LeBron James would finish with thirty points, four rebounds and seven assists.  Jaylen Brown would settle for nineteen points, four rebounds and one assist.  The Celtics would barely escape with a win in Game 3 as they defeat the Cavaliers, 111-108.  Marcus Smart would put up twenty-seven points, five rebounds and seven assists.  Kyrie Irving scored twenty-nine points, two rebounds and seven assists.  The Boston Celtics looked to tie the series up, 2-2, as they face the defending champions in the Quicken Loans Arena.

The game would start off right for the Celtics as they shoot forty-six percent from the field as a team, limiting the Cavaliers to thirty-two percent.  Jae Crowder would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself eleven points.  He would collect three of those points from beyond the arc while taking the other two from the free-throw line.  Kelly Olynyk would drop six points, along with four rebounds and two assists.  Avery Bradley would shoot thirty-eight percent from the field as he puts up six points.  On the other end of the court, LeBron James would shoot forty-three percent from the field as he collects six points along with two defensive rebounds.  Kyrie Irving would only shoot twenty-five percent from the field as he earns six points while Kevin Love would knock down a three-pointer and two free-throws.  Tristan Thompson would be limited to two points and three rebounds as the Celtics end the first quarter with a 29-19 lead.

The second period would be a close one as each team scores twenty-eight points total.  Kyrie Irving would get hot as he drops twelve points which would include two three-pointers.  Kevin Love would shoot forty percent from the field as he puts up five points, which would contain one three-pointer.  He would also jump up to pull down five defensive rebounds.  Iman Shumpert would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he is rewarded with five points, including one three-pointer.  As for the Boston team, Bradley would chalk up seven points which would hold one three-pointer.  Rookie Jaylen Brown would come off the bench to score five points while hitting one three-pointer in the process.  Al Horford would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field to put up four points as the visiting team walks into halftime with a 57-47 advantage.

The Cavaliers would come back as they spark a huge 40 to 23 run in the third quarter.  Irving would get extremely hot as he goes off for twenty-one points, shooting eighty-two percent from the field.  He would nail two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  LeBron James would put up nine points as he grabs one defensive rebound and two assists.  Former Knicks player, J.R. Smith, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself five points.  As for the Celtics team, Olynyk would shoot fifty percent from the field as he earns himself five points.  Bradley would score four points as he connects for a field goal and two free-throws.  Horford would also connect for a field goal and a free-throw as the Cavaliers gain a 87-80 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The Ohio team would close things out in the last period as James would light the floor up with fifteen points as he shoots sixty-four percent from the field.  He would hit a three-pointer as he grabs one rebound and dishes off two assists.  Love would knock down a three-pointer while grabbing four rebounds for himself.  On the other end of the floor, Horford would shoot seventy-five percent from the field to receive seven points as a reward.  He would also knock down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Crowder would also knock down a three-pointer but it would not be enough as the Cavaliers come back to beat the Celtics, 112 to 99, taking a 3-1 lead in the series.  Kyrie Irving finished with forty-two points (his new Playoff career-high), three rebounds and four assists.  Avery Bradley would finish with nineteen points, five rebounds and three assists.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers steal home-court advantage as they defeat the Boston Celtics, starting the series 1-0

The Cleveland Cavaliers steal home-court advantage as they defeat the Boston Celtics, starting the series 1-0

Tonight marked the first game between the two-seed Cleveland Cavaliers and the one-seed Boston Celtics in their playoff series.  The last time these two teams met up in the postseason was during the 2015 Playoffs, where the Cleveland Cavaliers eliminated the Boston Celtics, 4-0, but the Celtics would look to get their revenge starting tonight.  Earlier this season, the Boston Celtics defeated the Chicago Bulls in the first round, 4-2, and defeated the Washington Wizards in the Semifinals, 4-3.  The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Indiana Pacers in the first-round, 4-0, and defeated the Toronto Raptors in the Semifinals, 4-0.  Each team looked to start the series off right tonight in the TD Garden.

The game would start off right for the defending champions as they shoot fifty-nine percent from the field as a team in the opening quarter, limiting the home team to forty percent.  Three-time champion, LeBron James, would get hot for fifteen points, shooting eighty-eight percent from the field.  He would also chalk up three rebounds and two assists to add to his stat sheet total.  Tristan Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he is rewarded with six points.  He would knock down two free-throws as he pulls down five rebounds.  Kyrie Irving would play for the entire quarter, only to be held at five points.  Kevin Love and J.R. Smith would each be limited to two points but Love would manage to grab four defensive rebounds.  On the other end of the court, Avery Bradley would throw up nine points, nailing one three-pointer in the process.  Rookie Jaylen Brown would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, contributing with four points.  Jae Crowder would only drop two points but would gobble up three rebounds.  Isaiah Thomas would play for ten minutes, only to score two points but it was the Cavaliers who ended the first quarter with a 30-19 lead.

Things would not get any easier for the home team as the Cavaliers go on a 31 to 20 run in the second quarter.  During that run, Kevin Love would come alive for eleven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would drain a three-pointer in the process.  He would also crash the boards for five defensive rebounds and he would do all of this while playing ten minutes.  James would shoot forty-three percent from the field as he throws up eight points.  He would also work for two defensive rebounds, along with two assists.  Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he helps out with five points.  He would jump up to pull down one offensive and one defensive rebound.  Smith would be held scoreless but would manage to collect two defensive rebounds.  As for the Boston team, Thomas would still struggle as he would only chalk up six points, hitting one three-pointer while doing so.  Marcus Smart would come off the bench to drop four points while shooting thirty-three percent from the field.  Brown would come off the bench, as well, to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would only score four points, as well.  Al Horford, Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley would each be limited to two points as the Ohio team walk into halftime with a comfortable 61-39 advantage.

The Celtics looked to cut into the deficit as they go on a 36 to 30 run in the third period.  They would shoot sixty-four percent from the field as a team while limiting the Cavaliers to forty-eight percent.  During that run, Crowder would heat up for ten points which would include two three-pointers.  He would also crash the boards for two offensive rebounds while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Bradley would play for the entire quarter as he puts up eight points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  He would also grab four defensive rebounds and Horford would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would hit a three-pointer while collecting seven points in the quarter.  Thomas would score seven points, as well, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  The Cavaliers would not stop competing as former Timberwolves player, Kevin Love, would continue to put on a shooting display as he puts up eighteen more points to add to his scoring total.  He would earn fifteen of those points from behind the arc while collecting the other three from the free-throw line.  Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he receives seven points in return.  LeBron James would only to limited to two points but would manage to pull down one defensive rebound and dish off three assists.  J.R. Smith would be held scoreless in this quarter, as well, but it was the Cleveland team that still went into the last quarter with a 92-75 lead.

The Cavaliers would finish things off in the fourth period as LeBron James starts to heat up again with thirteen points, hitting one three-pointer in the process.  He would shoot sixty percent from the field as he pulls down three rebounds.  Kyle Korver, Channing Frye and Derrick Williams would each come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer to contribute to the lead.  On the other end of the court, Gerald Green would drop eleven points, earning nine of them from beyond the arc.  Jae Crowder would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to collect seven points but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers who defeat the Boston Celtics, 117-104, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.  LeBron James finished with thirty-eight points, nine rebounds and seven assists.  Tristan Thompson also recorded a new Playoff career-high twenty points.  Jae Crowder would finish with twenty-one points, eight rebounds and five assists.  Avery Bradley would also finish with twenty-one points, four rebounds and one assist.

The Golden State Warriors defeat the San Antonio Spurs, taking 2-0 lead in series

The Golden State Warriors defeat the San Antonio Spurs, taking 2-0 lead in series

Last night marked the second game between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  The first game would be a victory for the Golden State Warriors as they escape with a 113-111 win.  Stephen Curry scored forty points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished off three assists.  LaMarcus Aldridge finished with twenty-eight points, eight rebounds and three assists.  The Golden State Warriors looked to take a 2-0 lead in the series last night in the Oracle Arena.

The game would start off right for the Golden State Warriors as they shoot sixty percent from the field as a team in the first quarter, limiting the Spurs to twenty-three percent.  Two-time NBA MVP, Stephen Curry, would get hot as he earns himself fifteen points and three defensive rebounds. He would collect twelve of those points from behind the arc and the other three from the free-throw line.  Draymond Green would knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points as he crashed the boards for four defensive rebounds.  He would also give out three assists to add to his stat sheet total.  Zaza Pachulia would shoot fifty percent from the field to collect four points while Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson would be limited to two points.  Bench player, JaVale McGee, would also be held to two points but he would jump up to grab two defensive rebounds.  On the other end of the court, Kawhi’s Leonard’s replacement, Jonathon Simmons, would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field to give himself eight points.  Pau Gasol would only drop two points but would crash the boards to gobble up four rebounds.  Bench players Dewayne Dedmon, Manu Ginobili and David Lee would each be limited to two points in the first quarter.  LaMarcus Aldridge would be held scoreless as the home team ends the first quarter with a commanding 33-16 lead.

Things would not get any easier for the visiting team as the Warriors go on a 39 to 28 run in the second quarter.  During that run, Kevin Durant would start to come alive as he drops nine points, collecting three of them from behind the arc.  He would also add two defensive rebounds to his stat sheet total as he shoots eighty percent from the field.  Bench player, Patrick McCaw, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he is rewarded with six points.  He would drill a three-pointer in the process of collecting those six points.  Former Pacers player, David West, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field himself.  He would also collect six points, along with two assists to go with it.  Curry would be limited to one three-pointer and a free-throw as he ends the quarter with four points.  Klay Thompson would only hit a three-pointer to give himself three points in the period.  As for the San Antonio team, Simmons would continue to work as he drops nine points which would hold one three-pointer.  He would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he collects one offensive rebound and two assists to go along with it.  Kyle Anderson would come off the bench to earn four points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Bench player, Bryn Forbes, would knock down a three-pointer to give himself three points.  Danny Green and Patty Mills would each be limited to a three-pointer as Aldridge would only score two points in the twelve minutes that he played.  Dedmon would come off the bench to score two points, along with three rebounds but it was the Warriors who walk into halftime with a large 72-44 lead.

The Warriors would come out of the locker room to shoot forty-six percent from the field as a team while the Spurs would shoot thirty-three percent.  Curry would put on another scoring display as he shoots sixty percent from the field, giving himself ten points which would contain one three-pointer.  He would also earn three defensive rebounds and four assists to put towards his stat sheet total.  McCaw would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, gaining five points as a reward.  He would knock down a three-pointer in the process while Green and Durant would each score five points, as well.  Draymond Green would shoot thirty-three percent from the field as he gobbles up four defensive rebounds while Durant would only shoot twenty-five percent from the field.  Draymond would collect two points from the field and the other three from the free-throw line.  Durant would knock down a three-pointer and collect the other two points from the charity stripe.  McGee would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to gain four points while Thompson would be limited to only one three-pointer.  As for the Texas team, Aldridge would start to come alive as he drops six games while pulling down two rebounds.  Former Warriors player, Dewayne Dedmon, would shoot forty percent from the field to earn himself five points as he pulls down six rebounds.  Gasol would chalk up five points, three of them coming from the free-throw line but it was the Warriors who walk into the last period with a 106 to 75 advantage.

The California team would finish things off in the fourth quarter as the bench starts to come alive.  Virginia-native, James Michael McAdoo, would put up nine points which contained one three-pointer.  He would shoot sixty percent from the field as he crashes the boards for five rebounds to put towards his stat sheet total.  McCaw would contribute with seven points as he shoots fifty percent from the field.  He would nail one three-pointer in the process as he dishes off two assists.  Former Jazz player, Ian Clark, would play for the entire quarter as he puts up five points, knocking down a shot from beyond the arc in the process.  Shaun Livingston would play for three minutes as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, receiving four points as a reward.  On the other end of the court, the Spurs bench would do some work, as well.  Davis Bertans would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to gain himself eleven points.  He would earn nine of them from behind the three-point line as he pulls down four rebounds.  Former Heat player, Joel Anthony, would score six points as he grabs three rebounds.  Dejounte Murray would earn four points as he grabs two rebounds and throws out two assists.  Kyle Anderson would shoot twenty-five percent from the field as he receives two points but it was the Golden State Warriors who defeat the San Antonio Spurs, 136-100, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  Stephen Curry would finish with twenty-nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists.  Jonathon Simmons finished with twenty-two points (his new career-high), three rebounds and three assists.