Superstar LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers stolen control of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals early, posting a 19-point score deficit lead in the first quarter and tripped to a blowout victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night contest at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
The Cavaliers superstar James has finally gotten help from his teammates he had been seeking for all series long to get a much needed 116-86 victory in Game 3, cutting Celtics’ series lead down to 2-1.
As many pundits believed, James and Kevin Love did their contributions, but even the bench players in Cavs has stepped up. James tallied a total of 27 points on 8-of-12 shooting, 12 assists, five rebounds, two steals and pair of blocks while Kevin Love chipped in 13 points, four assists, 14 rebounds. The Cavaliers had four others score in double figures. Kyle Korver went perfect from the floor, J.R. Smith recalled how to shoot from beyond the arc and even Larry Nance Jr. showcased a magnificent dunk.
The Celtics, on the other side of the four corner of Quicken Loan Arena, looked as though someone had purloined Brad Stevens’ basketball intelligent like The Monstars did to Hall of Famer Michael Jordan and other NBA superstar legends in “Space Jam” movie.
Offensively, Boston’s offense was centered on midrange attempts, and the team could only mobilize 33 percent shooting in the first period. On the defensive end, the Celtics appeared to be permeable, allowing open layups and dunks that just were not available to the Cavs in the first couple of games in the series.
The Celtics shot just 39 percent in their defeat. Rookie Jayston Tatum led the team with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Terry Rozier posted 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting.
Have the Cavaliers found the secret to puzzle out the code to taking this series bounce back from the fangs of elimination, or was this just a glitch on Celtics’ impressive playoffs campaign? That will likely be for Game 4 to determined.
The Cavaliers cut the Celtics’ series lead to 2-1, with a crucial Game 4 scheduled on Monday night in Cleveland.