Jayson Tatum led the Boston Celtics with 24 points on 7 for 15 shooting from the field and went 3 for 7 from deep. Jaylen Brown chipped in another 17 points shooting 4 for 15 from the field and 2 for 8 from deep. The Boston Celtics (55-27) cruised past LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers (50-32) 96-83, to take a 3-2 series lead.
Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart both came off the bench and scored 13 points apiece. Morris was 5 for 13 from the field and was 3 for 6 from deep, while Smart was 5 for 9 from the field and 3 for 6 from deep. Morris also grabbed six rebounds while Smart had four rebounds along with four assists.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were led by LeBron James who had 26 points on 11 for 22 shooting from the field and 1 for 6 from beyond the arc. James also recorded a double double as he had 10 rebounds. James had minimal help in game four of the Eastern Conference playoffs as the next closest scorer was Kevin Love with 14 points.
The Cavaliers shot better from the field as they shot 41.9% making 31 of 74 attempts and the Celtics shot 36.5% making 31 of 85 attempts. Turnovers and steals hurt the Cavaliers after they committed 15 turnovers to the Celtics’ 10. The Celtics also managed to steal the ball 10 times while the Cavaliers only successfully did it three times. Three point shooting was another disadvantage for the Cavaliers as they shot 26.5% from beyond the arc making 9 of 34 attempts while the Celtics were 33.3% making 13 of 39 attempts.
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