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LeBron on new-look Cavs’ big win over Celtics: ‘It’s almost like the new guys have been here’

BOSTON — Following a rousing 121-99 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday, LeBron James said his four new Cleveland Cavaliers teammates fit in as if they have been with the team longer than the three days that have passed since they were acquired at the trade deadline. "It was a good start," James said. "It's almost like the new guys have been here." The four players –? George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood and Larry Nance Jr.?–?combined for 49 points and helped the Cavs defense hold the Celtics to just 40.4 percent shooting from the field and 26.3 percent from 3. "It started with George and his on-the-ball pressure and him just running the team," James said of Hill, who had 12 points,

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New-look Cavs spoil Pierce’s jersey party

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The Boston crowd came out to celebrate Paul Pierce on Sunday — but LeBron James and his new Cleveland supporting cast had other ideas as the Cavaliers routed the Celtics 121-99. James shook off a first quarter leg injury to finish with 24 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Cavaliers who were one of the busiest teams at the NBA trading deadline. Cleveland acquired four players and dealt away six others as they attempt to make a push for their fourth straight NBA finals.

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LeBron James revels in new-look Cavs after win over Celtics

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LeBron James could not contain his delight after the Cleveland Cavaliers' new quartet helped inspire a big victory over the Boston Celtics. Struggling for form and consistency in the NBA this season, the Cavs made a splash on trade deadline day, bringing in George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood and Larry Nance Jr as the likes of Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade made way on Thursday.

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Paul Pierce lifts 2008 Larry O’Brien trophy as Celtics retire No. 34

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BOSTON — Less than a decade after tears filled his eyes as he raised Boston's 2008 title banner, Paul Pierce was all smiles as his No. 34 went the TD Garden rafters on Sunday afternoon as part of a jersey retirement celebration following Boston's 121-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden. Pierce is the 22nd number retired in Celtics history. He joined an eight-square banner that already featured the numbers of Dennis Johnson (3), Larry Bird (33), Kevin McHale (32), Reggie Lewis (35), Robert Parish (00), and Cedric Maxwell (31). After raising his jersey, Pierce grabbed the Larry O'Brien trophy from the 2008 Finals and raised it at center court. Fans responded with a sustained "Thank

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