Cavaliers vs. Celtics – Newsday

Cavaliers vs. Celtics – Newsday

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BOSTON, MA – MARCH 1: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics takes a shot against Channing Frye #8 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the third quarter at TD Garden on March 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

BOSTON — LeBron James recorded his seventh triple-double of 2016-17, equaling his most in a season, but it wasn’t enough as the Celtics pulled out a 103-99 victory. James finished with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.


Kyle Korver hit his first field goal of the night in seven attempts, a 3-pointer with 57.5 seconds remaining, to put the Cavs up 97-96, but Isaiah Thomas countered with a 3 with 49.4 seconds to go to give the Celtics a two-point lead. Kyrie Irving tied it with a driving reverse layup with 38.9 left, but those were the Cavs’ final points.


Thomas sank two free throws for a 101-99 lead with 28.1 seconds left and the Cavs’ Deron Williams missed a 3-pointer from the corner with 4.2 seconds to go. Jae Crowder was fouled on the rebound and made both for the final margin.


The Cavs had a chance to go up 3-0 in the season series, but now the Celtics can split, with the final meeting April 5 in Boston.

Deron Williams #31 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles

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Deron Williams #31 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter at TD Garden on March 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles over

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dribbles over the Boston Celtics logo while bringing the ball up court during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Deron Williams #31 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles

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Deron Williams #31 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter at TD Garden on March 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Iman Shumpert #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles

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Iman Shumpert #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter at TD Garden on March 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket past Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson (90) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles

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LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter at TD Garden on March 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks

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LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on before the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on March 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles

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LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles past Jae Crowder #99 of the Boston Celtics during the first quarter at TD Garden on March 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drives to
Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drives to

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Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drives to the basket during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 1: Isaiah Thomas #4
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 1: Isaiah Thomas #4

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BOSTON, MA – MARCH 1: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics takes a shot against Channing Frye #8 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the third quarter at TD Garden on March 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Iman Shumpert #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles
Iman Shumpert #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles

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Iman Shumpert #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter at TD Garden on March 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, is fouled
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, is fouled

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, is fouled by Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson (90) on a drive to the basket during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Deron Williams #31 of the Cleveland Cavaliers warms
Deron Williams #31 of the Cleveland Cavaliers warms

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Deron Williams #31 of the Cleveland Cavaliers warms up before the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on March 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives

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LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives against Amir Johnson #90 of the Boston Celtics during the first quarter at TD Garden on March 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) reacts as
Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) reacts as

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Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) reacts as he collides with Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson (24) while battling for a rebound during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. At right is Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles

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LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter at TD Garden on March 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 1: Al Horford #42
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 1: Al Horford #42

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BOSTON, MA – MARCH 1: Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics defends a shot by Iman Shumpert #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the third quarter at TD Garden on March 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) lines up
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) lines up

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) lines up a dunk against Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates after
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates after

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates after his dunk against the Boston Celtics during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Amir Johnson #90 of the Boston Celtics defends
Amir Johnson #90 of the Boston Celtics defends

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Amir Johnson #90 of the Boston Celtics defends Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first quarter at TD Garden on March 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and
Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and

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Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James #23 dispute a call during the first quarter against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on March 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) shoots over
Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) shoots over

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Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) shoots over Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) and forward Jae Crowder, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Deron Williams #31 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles
Deron Williams #31 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles

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Deron Williams #31 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter at TD Garden on March 1, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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