Last night marked the third game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics in their playoff series. The first game would be a victory for the defending champions 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 finished with twenty-one points, eight rebounds and five assists. Avery Bradley would also end up with twenty-one points, along with four rebounds and one assist. The Cavaliers would hand the Celtics a 130-86 blowout loss in Game 2. LeBron James would chalk up thirty points, four rebounds and seven assists. Jaylen Brown would settle for nineteen points, four rebounds and one assist. The Cleveland Cavaliers looked to take a 3-0 lead in the series as they faced the Celtics in the Quicken Loans Arenas last night.
The Cavaliers would start the game off right as they shoot sixty-five percent from the field as a team in the first quarter, limiting the visiting team to forty percent. California-native, Kevin Love, would light the floor up with fifteen points, collecting all of them from beyond the arc. Kyrie Irving would contribute with twelve points, earning nine of them from behind the three-point line and the other three from the charity stripe. Irving would also pull down two defensive rebounds and give out four assists. LeBron James would play for eleven points, only to be held to three points. J.R. Smith would knock down a three-pointer while Tristan Thompson collects two points. On the other end of the court, Avery Bradley would throw up ten points as he shoots fifty percent from the field. He would nail a three-pointer in the process of doing so. Former Hawks player, Al Horford, would collect five points which would include one three-pointer. Marcus Smart would knock down a three-pointer but it was the Cavaliers who end the first quarter with a 35-24 lead.
Things would not get any easier for the Boston team as the Cavaliers go on a 31 to 26 run in the second period. Love would knock down two three-pointers and a free-throw to add seven more points to his scoring total. He would gobble up two defensive rebounds while James would contribute with five points. LeBron James would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he receives three defensive rebounds and four assists to along with it. Irving would also shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to gain five points for himself. Thompson would only be held to four free-throws while Smith is held to one three-pointer. As for the Celtics, Jae Crowder would chalk up seven points, hitting one three-pointer in the process. He would shoot seventy-five percent from the field while earning one defensive rebound and one assist. Smart would contribute with five points which would contain one three-pointer. Kelly Olynyk would also score five points, three coming from beyond the arc and the other two coming from the free-throw line. Horford would be limited to only two points as the Cleveland team walks into halftime with a commanding 66-50 advantage.
The Celtics would not give up, though, as they respond by sparking a 32 to 21 run in the third quarter. During that run, Marcus Smart would heat up for eleven points, three of them coming from behind the arc and the other two coming from the charity stripe. He would also pull down three defensive rebounds as Olynyk shoots sixty-seven percent from the field to earn himself six points. On the other end of the court, Tristan Thompson would work for seven points as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. Irving would try to help out as he puts up six points while Kevin Love is limited to four free-throws and six defensive rebounds. James would be limited to three points in the quarter as the defending champions walk into the last period with a 87-82 lead.
The Boston Celtics would come back as they go on a 29 to 21 run in the last quarter. During that run, Marcus Smart would receive eight points, six coming from behind the arc and the other two coming from the free-throw line. Al Horford would shoot fifty percent from the field as he is rewarded with five points, which would include one three-pointer. As for the Ohio team, Smith would knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points. Thompson would score five points as he gobbles up four offensive rebounds to go along with it. LeBron James would play for the entire quarter but would be held scoreless as Iman Shumpert grabs two defensive rebounds.
With only a minute remaining in the game, the Celtics would have gained a one-point lead over the Cavaliers. Horford would connect for a jump shot to give his team a 106-103 lead over the Cavaliers. But J.R. Smith would respond with a 25-foot three-pointer to tie the game back up at 106 a piece. Former Pistons player, Jonas Jerebko, would connect for a 22-foot jumper to give his team a 108-106 lead. Out of a Cleveland timeout, Irving would drive through the lanes to successfully connect for a lay up to tie the game back up. But if only half of a second left, Avery Bradley would knock down a 26-foot three-pointer to take a three-point lead over the defending champions. Time would eventually expire as the Boston Celtics hold on to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 111 to 108, making the series 2-1. Marcus Smart would finish with twenty-seven points (his new career-high), five rebounds and seven assists. Kyrie Irving finished with twenty-nine points, two rebounds and seven assists.