The Boston Celtics were missing some of their key defensive players so the Cleveland Cavaliers decided for a high-scoring game on Thursday night. LeBron James and team beat the visiting Celtics, 128-122 to remain undefeated in the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
LeBron had a double-double of 30 points and 12 assists while Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving added 26 and 23 points, respectively. LeBron scored just 6 points in the first half and had 20 points in the third quarter.
As a team, the Cavs shot 48.8% from the field to improve to a perfect 5-0 this season. Iman Shumpert (15 points) and Channing Frye (11 points) contributed off the bench for the Cavaliers, which are off to their best start in four decades.
The 1976-1977 Cavaliers started their season at 8-0 and the defending champions have a chance to match or better that this year.
The Cavaliers have played four of their five games at home to start the season and will have an easy game on the road at Philadelphia in their next game on Saturday.
Two starters were missing for Boston as Al Horford and Jae Crowder did not play due to injuries. Rookie Jaylen Brown had the start and finished with 19 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the three-point area while center Tyler Zeller also played well with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
Star point guard Isaiah Thomas had a team-high 30 points and 6 assists for Boston, which made it a close game after trailing by as many as 20 points in the game.
LeBron and Love made key baskets when the Celtics cut the lead down to five mid-way through the fourth quarter.
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