The Cavaliers survived a late push to top the Celtics.
The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 124-118 on TNT on Thursday night. The matchup pitted the heavy Eastern Conference favorites against one of the few teams with a hope of beating them. The Cavaliers stepped up to the challenge, bouncing back from the Monday loss to the Pistons. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love lead the team to victory, each had a double double, but overall the Cavaliers put on a stellar offensive showing.
The first half was dominated by the Cavaliers. The Wine and Gold scored 32 and 34 points in the first and second quarters respectively and held a seven-point halftime lead. The second half was not much different. The Cavaliers came out of the locker room on fire and took the lead all the way up to 19 with three minutes left in the third quarter. The Cavaliers passed the hundred point mark before the game even got to the fourth quarter.
The Celtics made a push to begin the fourth quarter, cutting the Cavs lead all the way to one. The Cavaliers seemed to have thought they had the game in the bag but the Celtics never gave in. However, the come back attempt fell short as the Cavaliers turned it back on and closed out the game to secure their twenty fourth victory of the season.
Despite the Cavaliers struggles in the fourth quarter it was pretty clear that the Celtics were outmatched for much of this game. For all his talents Celtics coach Brad Stevens could not draw up a defense to stop the Easts best team. The Celtics were out rebounded badly by the Cavs, Kevin Love had as many first half rebounds as Boston’s entire starting lineup. Hyped free agent signing Al Horford did not grab his first rebound in this game until there was 4:56 left in the third quarter.
The big three led the Cavs in this one: Kyrie Irving was spectacular, finishing with 32 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love chipped in 30 and 15 boards and LeBron James just missed a triple-double with 23 points, 11 assists and eight boards despite eight turnovers on the night.
This game showed just how far Jae Crowder and company have to go before posing a true threat to Cleveland. The Celtics issues limiting the Cavaliers on the offensive end is not new; the last time the Cavaliers played the Celtics they put up 128 points.
The Cavaliers are next in action Saturday at Charlotte.
The Cleveland Cavaliers hit 25 three-pointers against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, the second time they’ve done just that in the past 12 months. With the 25 threes, the Cavaliers have set a new regular season record for made triples while tying their own all-time record.
The Cavaliers nearly blew a 20-point lead, but still came out on top against the Suns on the road.
Despite losing a 20-point lead to start the second half, the Cavaliers held on in a closely fought game in Phoenix to open up their west coast road trip with a 120-116 win. The Cavs appeared to be cruising to a comfortable win on the road in Phoenix with a 69-53 lead at the half, but the were caught flat-footed in the third quarter by a Suns’ 25-7 run.
The Cavaliers secured a workmanlike victory against the Nets on Friday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 116-108 Friday night in the Big Apple. The game saw the return of both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving for the Cavs and both stars were needed to secure the victory. Bolstered by the return of two of the Big Three, fans probably thought this game would be an easy win for the Wine and Gold but Brooklyn was competitive throughout the game.
When you think of the most prolific three-point shooting team in the NBA, you think of the Golden State Warriors, and with good reason. Stephen Curry set the single-game record for most three-pointers made earlier this season, and Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant are two more of the deadliest shooters around.
The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers waived Dahntay Jones, the veteran reserve swingman who gave the team a spark in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
In a game that was relatively close all the way through, the Cavs pulled off a 116-108 victory in their first game since the announcement of Kevin Love’s knee surgery, behind a near triple double from LeBron (25 points, 14 assists, eight rebounds). Channing Frye (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Tristian Thompson (14 points, 11 rebounds) combined to account for Love’s absence, through Thompson’s energy down low and Frye’s perpetual green light to shoot from deep. Andrew Wiggins, who always plays well against the Cavs, had a game-high 41 points, with Townes adding 26 more.
There is finally some clarity on where things stand on the coaching front for the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was reported by Chris Haynes two weeks ago that the Cavs coaching staff were incredibly frustrated as they had not been signed to new contracts. Damon Jones, James Posey, Jim Boylan, and Phil Handy are all were reportedly stuck in limbo heading into next season without deals. That situation has reportedly changed significantly.
CLEVELAND — The 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James have signed a new multiyear contract, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.
The Cavaliers escaped against the Raptors on Friday night.
The Cavaliers beat the Raptors 94-91. Kyrie Irving lead the team in points with 26 while Kevin Love also played very well, chipping in 18 and 10 in the winning effort. The Cavs played well in the first game against Toronto since last season’s conference finals and it was nice to see the team pick up right where they left off.
The Cavs won and Kevin Love returned to game action nearly two weeks early from knee surgery, but the question must be asked:
What is going on with the injuries on this team?
Cleveland beat the Utah Jazz 91-83 Thursday night behind 33 points from LeBron James. Love, who had missed the last 13 games, contributed 10 points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes.
When the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers lost Andrew Bogut for the remainder of the season due to a fractured tibia just 58 seconds into his debut, they were left searching for a suitable replacement who is both capable and eligible for this year’s playoff run and title defense. Now, it seems they have found their man.
Kyrie Irving didn’t play, but that was hardly a problem for the Cavs
The Cleveland Cavaliers are now 18-5. They are the NBA champs. There are some soft spots in the armor, perhaps, but this is a very good team. A year ago at this time, Kyrie Irving was coming back from a devastating knee injury. Many had expected Kevin Love to assert himself in Irving’s absence, show the multi-faceted offensive game that made him a superstar in Minnesota.
No Kevin Love? No problem, as the Cavs beat the Suns 118-103.
The Cleveland Cavaliers made easy work of the Phoenix Suns tonight, winning 118-103. Without Kevin Love, the Cavs thrived against one of the league’s worst teams, taking advantage of the Suns’ poor perimeter defense and their lack of offensive flow. The Cavs hit 19 threes for the game, forced Phoenix to only attempt that many, and posted 29 assists for the game. After the West coast road trip, this was a welcome win to get refocused with four of the next five games coming in Cleveland.
It was a vulgar display of power for 48 minutes, with the Warriors leading wire-to-wire en route to a second strong showing against the Eastern Conference’s best. The Warriors will have to win the Western Conference in order to see the Cavaliers again this season.
Boston’s starting backcourt came up big, and Gerald Green added some much needed offense off the bench.
The last time Isaiah Thomas played the Grizzlies, he dropped a career high 44 points. He didn’t quite match that, but he still kept up his “Eastern Conference Player of the Week” form. He extended his 20-points-in-a-game streak to 16, the longest in the NBA this season. He wasn’t alone though, as Avery Bradley (23 points) and Gerald Green (19) posted some nice scoring numbers as well.
The Boston Celtics announced Wednesday that they have signed free-agent guard/forward Gerald Green, re-signed center Tyler Zeller and signed 2016 NBA Draft picks forward Jaylen Brown, guard Demetrius Jackson and forward Ben Bentil.
Good teamwork gets the Celtics the win in Miami despite a shaky second half
Due to injuries, the Celtics’ starting lineup has seen limited time together on the court this season, but when they have played together it has been pretty impressive. This game against the Heat saw the starters impress yet again as, despite some setbacks in the second half, the healthier Celtics were able to overcome their opponents handily.
Even though they were visiting the Heat’s hometown it was the Celtics that were on fire. Finally able to roll out virtually a full roster (minus Gerald Green, who was out with a hamstring injury) the Celtics looked a lot more like the force that they were expected to be this season.
The luck of the Irish overcame the dark magic of the Wizards in this must-win matchup between two of the best teams in the East.
In a must-win matchup that was both a possible playoff preview and a battle for the second-seed in the East the home crowd was rippling with anticipation as the rivalrous showdown began. Both teams started with intense energy on both ends of the floor, challenging each other on every possession. The result was a closely contested quarter where each side struggled to gain advantage.
Big lead, lose lead, win in overtime.
Playing the second half of a back-to-back and their fourth game in five nights, the last thing the Celtics needed was overtime with the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.
Of course, that’s exactly what they got.
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