A Friday night nailbiter became a LeBron James classical opposite a Celtics, as a luminary led a mad fourth-quarter quip that was hermetic when Rajon Rondo was incompetent to get a intensity game-winning shot off before a final buzzer.
The Cavaliers got a victory, 122-121, behind 41 points from James. Rondo seemed to leap a time out to finish a diversion on a possession when a Celtics had 7 seconds to emanate something, and a throng seemed understandably confused by his inability to emanate or even force a shot.
The win for a Cavs now puts them above .500 (4-3) as a Celtics now dump down to 3-5 on a season.
Here are 5 takeaways from a loss:
BOSTON STILL DOES NOT LIKE LEBRON JAMES
The Celtics were a home team, yet a loudest noises from a throng came for James. Some cheered, many booed, yet a electricity in a building was apparent.
For each missed shot, each time he complained to a refs, each turnover he had and each tainted he committed, a Boston fans rejoiced — even during a 41-point effort. Returning to Cleveland redeemed James’ likeability in a eyes of many, yet not during a TD Garden.
A BACK-TO-THE-FUTURE TEMPO ARRIVED
Did a final measure give it away?
If we like up-and-down basketball, we would have enjoyed this game. The gait seemed to play into a Celtics‘ preference aside from James’ ability to get out in transition. But even he missed dual contested layups on quick breaks in a initial half alone.
The Celtics pushed a dash a whole game, and were roughly rewarded. Rajon Rondo was a conduct of a monster, finishing with 16 assists on a night (the initial one being a miracle that we’ll get to later).
However, a gait slowed down in a fourth entertain and was a outrageous partial of because a Cavs were means to come divided victorious.
THE CELTICS SHOWED THEY CAN SCORE, BUT COULDN’T CLOSE
At a finish of a third entertain a Celtics — on a strength of scoring a mind-blowing 42 points (to a Cavs’ 25) in a third — hold a lead of 101-84. Impressively, Friday was a second time this deteriorate that a Celtics have scored 101 points by usually 3 buliding (opening night being a other instance).
Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk both scored in double total in a third duration alone, putting adult 11 and 10 points respectively. Maybe even some-more conspicuous were Rondo’s 9 assists in a third quarter, to go along with a floater off a potion with usually 0.4 seconds remaining on a time to get a Celtics over a 100-point mark.
But a Cavs were even improved in a fourth quarter, outscoring a Celtics 38-20 and entrance divided with a win. Kyrie Irving had 15 of his 27 points in a final duration while James also had 10 in a quarter, yet it was Kevin Love‘s giveaway chuck that done a disproportion in a game.
THE CELTICS CAN COMPETE WITH ANY TEAM
The Celtics were means to open adult a nine-point lead in a initial frame, stability a thesis of quick starts during home. But this was a diversion all a approach through. Even yet Boston blew their third entertain advantage; they still showed that they belonged on a justice with Cleveland.
The C’s suffered their misfortune detriment of a early deteriorate on Wednesday to a Thunder, yet games like Friday infer that they are by no means a group that is going to lay down and accept waste like they might have final year.
The Cavs entered Friday’s diversion during usually 3-3, yet their talent is and was definite on a floor. The Celtics were roughly a improved group on this night, and as a deteriorate goes on, it seems satisfactory to design them to be in these situations again.
RONDO PASSED PAUL PIERCE ON THE CELTICS’ ALL-TIME ASSIST LIST
Pierce and Rondo entered a night tied for fourth place on a list with 4,305 assists apiece. Early in a initial quarter, Rondo dished out his initial supporter to Olynyk, putting him in solitary possession on fourth place.
Bird’s 5,695 are a ways away, yet Rondo’s 16 dimes on a night are a start during chasing down a legend.