The Celtics were the more aggressive team for most of the game. They built the lead to as many as 22 in the second half, but Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers showed heart fighting back in the fourth quarter.
Irving scored a game-high 32 points – the first player to score 30 or more against Boston this season – but did not touch the ball on either of Cleveland's chances to tie the affair at the end of the game.
After outscoring the Celtics 34-17 in the fourth quarter, the Cavs found themselves down by two with 12 seconds to go. The play resulted in the ball in the hands of Dion Waiters, who drove to the basket but had his shot blocked by Brandon Bass. Boston ended up with the ball and the Cavaliers did not foul until there were less than two seconds on the clock.
After the game, head coach Mike Brown said the play to tie the game when down by two was not executed properly, but the question still remains why the Cavaliers didn't do everything possible to get the ball to their star point guard.
Bradley and Green led their team in rebounds with eight.
To go with Irving's 32, Cleveland had 17 points from Waiters, who did not shoot well, and 14 from Jarrett Jack, both off the bench. Clark scored 12, but the Cavs only got a combined 13 points out of Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao – who started in place of Bynum.
The Cavaliers will complete yet another weekend back-to-back on Sunday when they host the Golden State Warriors, looking to avoid dropping five games on the trot.
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