As the Cavs turn: Drama subsided, NBA champs hitting stride

Sports/Reuters pic LOS ANGELES, April 6 - LeBron James scored 36 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers pounded rivals Boston to regain control of the Eastern Conference yesterday as Russell Westbrook's bid for National Basketball Association history was delayed.

The Cavs are facing Celtics at Boston at the fourth time in this season. The second-place Celtics trail the Cleveland Cavaliers by 1 1/2 games for the top spot in the East. Michael says, "Rest and having players healthy has always been the number one concern". But the Raptors are going to make them work for it, even if Toronto does have a game remaining against the Cavs. So the C's would basically need to win their final three games while hoping the Cavs go 1-3 or worse in their final four games for the Celtics to jump back on top in the East.

However, with all that being said, the Cavs have shown a proclivity to play down to their competition in the regular season, and with the playoffs about a week away, there's a good or better chance they were just bored tonight.

The Cavaliers outscored the Celtics 58-48 inside and pulled down 51 rebounds to Boston's 38. The Cavaliers have some tough matchups to close the season, but as we saw Wednesday night at the TD Garden, they are still very much the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"The most frustrating thing for me was the fouls, " he said.

Marcus Smart led the Celtics with 18 points, including 5-of-8 on 3-pointers, seven assists and six steals. The Celtics now lead/trail the Cleveland Cavaliers by xx games in the Eastern Conference standings. - Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

The Magic led 55-53 at halftime before the Cavs blew the doors off with nine 3-pointers and a 23-point swing in the third quarter.

Isaiah Thomas led the Boston with a total of 26 points.

PHOENIX - The NBA regular season belongs to the Golden State Warriors - again. This season, Bradley now averages 16.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. From there, James reminded everyone that he's the best player on the team that has ruled the Eastern Conference for the past two-plus years without much challenge. Lue offered few details about Thompson's injury or a timeline on a return. Here are five other takeaways from Thursday's game.

"Only time will tell, but we played Cavs basketball tonight", James said.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will look to repeat. Curry scored 42 points in a 139-115 win against the Washington Wizards on Sunday, and Thompson had 41 in a 121-107 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old has won four MVPs, was the first overall pick in 2003, is a 13-time All-Star, has been named to 10 All-NBA First Teams and 5 NBA All-Defensive Teams, has won two Olympic gold medals, and twice been named the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year.

  • Julie Sanders