LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers thrashed the Boston Celtics 116-86 on Saturday, powering their way back into the NBA Eastern Conference finals. The Cavaliers trimmed the deficit in the best-of-seven series to 2-1 — avoiding the 0-3 hole from which no NBA team has returned to win a series. The Cavaliers, trying to return to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight year, insisted after two double-digit defeats in Boston that things would be different on their home floor.
Before taking the floor, LeBron James stood in the hallway with his teammates outside Cleveland's locker room and pounded his chest with both hands. The Celtics got thumped next. James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 rebounds and the Cavaliers looked like a different team on their home court, tightening the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-86 victory in Game 3 over Boston on Saturday night.
Facing a must-win situation in Game 3, the Cavs left no doubt they are capable of competing with the gritty Celtics on Saturday night. In fact, Cleveland showed they have the ability and talent to demolish Boston when they play with the requisite effort and focus, especially on the defensive end. The Cavs jumped out to an early lead in this one and never took their foot off the gas.
The Cleveland Cavaliers avoided falling 3-0 behind the Boston Celtics in the NBA Eastern Conference finals after winning game three 116-86. After back-to-back defeats in Boston, the Cavaliers returned home to Cleveland and reduced the deficit to 2-1 on Saturday. LeBron James posted 27 points and 12 assists as the Cavaliers responded against the Celtics.
LeBron James may have intentionally not thrown his sweat towel to a Donald Trump supporter in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Saturday. LeBron James dropped 27 points in Cleveland’s 116-86 blowout win over the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night. Shortly before the end of the first half, though, James may have, sort of, interacted with a Donald Trump supporter sitting in the front row at Quicken Loans Arena while he was checking into the game.
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Cleveland Cavaliers have struck back against Aron Baynes' Boston Celtics with a comprehensive 116-86 victory in game three of the NBA eastern conference finals series. LeBron James led the Cavs with 27 points on Saturday in Cleveland, but had plenty of assistance for the first time in the series with five team-mates scoring in double figures. The Celtics lead the best-of-seven series 2-1 after claiming the first two games in Boston, but the Cavs were a different team playing in front of their home crowd.
The Cavaliers were heavy favorites over the Celtics entering the Eastern Conference finals. LeBron James has dominated the East for years, and Cleveland appeared to hit its stride in a sweep of the Raptors last round. Boston was shorthanded and inexperienced.
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers dominated Boston in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night, picking up their first win in the series. It was only a matter of time before the Cleveland Cavaliers showed up. After falling down 2-0 to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals, the Cavaliers finally answered back.
The Cavaliers absolutely smoked the Celtics, 116-86, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. The game was a blowout almost immediately, with the Celtics never really threatening to even cut the defecit to single digits from when the Cavs built their lead in the first quarter. Because the Celtics were sloppy with the ball and George Hill actually did something for once.