Cleveland Cavaliers rolled past the Boston Celtics 101-93 to complete their first-round sweep in a bad-tempered affair in Massachusetts.
It was not a good shooting night for either team, with Boston shooting 39% and Cleveland 40%. Neither team fared much better from the stripe (C’s 65% and Cavs 75%) or from three (C’s 13% and Cavs 21%), however this night was not about the shooting.
The Cavs lost Kevin Love in the first quarter to a suspected dislocated shoulder after the big man tussled with Kelly Olynyk, who held onto his left arm as they fought for a rebound before the Cavs power forward sprinted off court clutching his clearly displaced shoulder.
JR Smith, who had eight points, was ejected in the third period after a wild elbow caught Jae Crowder in the face, who slipped upon the contact and left the game with a left knee sprain after scoring seven for the hosts.
Kendrick Perkins was also threatened with ejection in the second period after a setting a hard pick on Crowder, leading to a heated altercation with the Cavaliers’ center lucky to escape punishment after seemingly throwing a jab at the Celtics forward.
Despite all the tension in the game, things were all a bit easy for Cleveland in the end.
LeBron James had 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists whilst Kyrie Irving had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavs, who led by as many as 21 points at halftime.
The Celtics were led by Isaiah Thomas and Jared Sullinger, who each had 21 points, however the former shot just 4-17 from the field as they struggled to find a rhythm.
Boston went into an early 8-7 lead after three minutes, however this was the last time they led in the game as and 11-0 run helped Cleveland take the first quarter 29-19.
Timofey Mozgov and Iman Shumpert both recorded double-doubles as they combined for 21 rebounds and six blocks in a fantastic defensive effort, allowing Cavs to take a healthy lead 57-36 halftime lead.
As things threatened to spiral out of control for the young Celtics side, however Brad Stevens rallied his troops to cut the lead to 70-61 after three quarters.
This lead was as few as six in the closing moments, however the Cavs remained calm to complete the sweep.