After a 44-point loss on their home floor Friday night the Boston Celtics had all odds against them heading to Cleveland for the next two games. After falling behind by as much as 21 points the Celtics found a way to come back. A 111-08 win in Cleveland puts the Celtics on the board as Cleveland now leads the series 2-1. Boston played their first game without All-Star Isaiah Thomas, who was announced out the rest of the series with a hip injury.
It was an Avery Bradley three-point shot bouncing in with .1 seconds left that would lift the Celtics over Cleveland Sunday night. The Celtics were lead by Marcus Smart who scored a career high 27 points on 8of-14 shooting. Boston shot 45-percent making 18-of-40 threes from the field. The three-point shooting would be the different as Smart hit on 7-of-10 from downtown. Jonas Jerebko connected on 2-of-4 threes and come up with a big three with 30 seconds left to put the Celtics up by two points.
Lebron James had a game to forget as the Cavalier All-Star finished with 11 points, six rebounds, six assists and six turnovers. James failed to register points in the final 16 minutes of the game. Kevin Love finished with 28 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field. He would lead all Cavaliers by making eight three-point attempts. Kyrie Irving would lead the Cavaliers in scoring with 29 points.
The Cavaliers saw a more improved Boston defense as jump shots were contested. The defensive effort translated to the offensive end for Boston who knocked down big shots in their comeback victory. The Celtics closed the 3rd quarter on a 26-10 run.
Game four is Tuesday night in Cleveland. Tip-off is at 8:30 EST on TNT.