Cleveland 97, Boston 91

Date - Friday, April 5, 2013 7:30 PM
Location - TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Officials - #77 Karl Lane, #29 Mark Lindsay, #38 Michael Smith
Attendance - 18624

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Cleveland 26 26 22 23 97
Boston 28 24 16 23 91

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Cleveland 23-52 13-24 10-28 W1
Boston 39-37 26-12 13-25 L1

Recap

Cavaliers 97, Celtics 91: Tristan Thompson collected career highs of 29 points and 17 rebounds as visiting Cleveland snapped a 10-game slide by holding off shorthanded Boston.

Alonzo Gee added 16 points and 10 boards and Wayne Ellington scored 12 points for the Cavaliers, who had dropped six straight road games.

Jeff Green had 23 points and Shavlik Randolph scored a career-high 16 off the bench as the Celtics fell for the eighth time in the last 11 games. Boston, which clinched a playoff spot on Wednesday, was without Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett due to ankle injuries.

The Celtics held a 62-55 lead with 8:12 left in the third quarter but made only two field goals the rest of the period. Cleveland took advantage of the drought and went into the final frame with a 74-68 edge.

Boston was within 91-87 after Green’s three-point play with 2:09 left before Tyler Zeller and Kyrie Irving scored on consecutive possessions to spread it back out. Thompson put it away with two free throws in the final minute.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Irving, playing in his third game since returning from a shoulder injury, struggled to 11 points on 4-of-20 shooting. … Boston remained 2 1/2 games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks for the No. 7 spot in the East. … Garnett and Pierce could both return as soon as Sunday, when the Celtics host the Washington Wizards.

Top Game Performances

Cleveland   Boston
Tristan Thompson 29 Scoring Jeff Green 23
Kyrie Irving 8 Assists Jordan Crawford 5
Tristan Thompson 17 Rebounds Jeff Green 9
Tristan Thompson 9 Free Throws Made Jeff Green 6
Kyrie Irving 2 Steals Avery Bradley 1
Kyrie Irving 2 Blocks Brandon Bass 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Cleveland 97 40.4 3-13 22-26 16 58 7 5 16
Boston 91 40.4 6-22 13-22 23 42 7 7 12

Upcoming Games

  • Boston will play their next game at home against Washington. The Celtics have a W/L % of .564 after a win and .459 after a loss.
  • Cleveland will play their next game at home against Orlando. The Cavaliers have a W/L % of .318 after a win and .302 after a loss.