The Cleveland Cavaliers battled all game long to keep things close, but they were unable to defeat the Boston Celtics at home.
It was a three point game with under a minute left. The Cleveland Cavaliers had a chance to top the Boston Celtics. Unfortunately an offensive rebound and subsequent put back from Gordon Hayward sealed the game for Boston and Cleveland came away with a 119-113 loss.
Multiple times throughout the game Boston seemed to pull away. The Celtics would go on a run and extend their lead. Last year that would have been it for Cleveland. The team was not good enough to come back and make it competitive. That is not the case this season. Cleveland fought back time and time again to give themselves a chance to win. Boston’s largest lead was 13 points, yet the final score was only decided by six in the final 30 seconds. Even with Boston shooting 56.5% from the field compared to Cleveland’s 41.7%, the Cavaliers were able to keep fighting and have a chance to win.
For the second consecutive game Cleveland was dominated in the paint. Boston scored 60 points down low while Cleveland managed 44. The Cavaliers were better this time around, but were still on the wrong end of this statistic.
Collin Sexton, Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love lead the Cavaliers offense
Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers scoring effort with 21 points on 6-15 shooting including 2-3 from deep. Sexton was one of two Cavaliers players to end up on the positive side of plus/minus in the contest. The other? Tristan Thompson. Thompson finished yet another double-double, running his total six in seven games. Thompson scored 19 points and grabbed 13 boards, including eight of the offensive variety. The final Cleveland player of note is of course, Kevin Love. Love scored 17 points in 32 minutes on 50% shooting from the field. Love made only one of five three-point attempts and was one rebound shy of a double-double.
With another loss in their white uniforms Cleveland’s record by which uniform they wear is now the following.