The Cleveland Cavaliers stopped a major rally from the Boston Celtics to get the 124-118 win on Thursday. The Cavs “Big 3” all recorded double-doubles to help Cleveland bounce back from a blowout loss in their last game.
Kyrie Irving had 32 points and 12 assists before going out with a leg injury in late in the fourth. LeBron James added 23 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists but had 8 turnovers and was just 3-of-7 from the free throw line. Kevin Love finished with 30 points and 15 rebounds.
Double-doubles for LeBron, K-Love and Kyrie
According to ESPN stats, this is just the second time for the “Big 3” to get their respective double-doubles in the same game.
After a close first half, the Cavaliers pulled away in the third and had a 101-83 lead entering the final quarter.
But the Celtics made the major rally behind Avery Bradley, Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder. Around the two-minute mark, the lead was down to a single point, 115-114 after an easy fastbreak lay-up from Bradley.
Almost a comeback for Boston
LeBron missed a crucial free throw with 21 seconds to go and the Celtics had a chance to win the game in the next possession. However, Crowder missed a three-pointer and the Cavs iced the game from the free throw line.
The Cavaliers lost to the Detroit Pistons, 106-90 but they played without Lebron in that one. They are back in the winning column before facing the Charlotte Hornets in their final game of the year.
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Thomas had 31 points and 9 assists and Bradley finished with 23 points. Boston, coming off wins over the New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies, will face the Miami Heat on Friday.
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