Celtics stun Cavaliers 111-108 with last-second shot
- Author: Julie Sanders May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 9:05
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts during the second half against Boston Celtics in game three of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena.
With a fantastic downtown dagger by Bradley, Celtics cut down the deficit against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and now, they are losing 1-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics had trailed by as many as 50 points in this series, and after being down 21 in the third quarter in Game 3, most people thought it was all over.
In just his 5th career playoff start, Smart scored 27 points, shooting 7 for 10 from three.
When the two teams left Boston after Game Two, the Cavs had beaten the Celtics by 44 points for the most lopsided win in Eastern finals history, a defeat that both stung and inspired Stevens' side.
Irving extended the advantage when he sunk a three-pointer from the right wing, and following the dunk from Thompson, Love hit another triple, which gave the Cavaliers a 14-7 lead and forced the Celtics into a full timeout.
Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night in Cleveland. James finished with just 11 points on four-of-13 shooting and was held scoreless in the fourth quarter.
Football stars and Hollywood stars came to Cleveland on Sunday night to watch the Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. "That's no excuse. Like I said, they played well, but we've just got to play better, be more physical". It's hard to pin down what was wrong with James last night-I definitely have a few theories because I watched the game very closely-but there's no denying his off night killed the Cavs. "We knew that Friday (game two) was a disaster. So we got back together".
The report says that the fan was ushered away from James and there was no further altercation. In ways the 111-108 victory was more about the Cavaliers lack of focus, but in more than a few ways it was about a player and a team that refuses to die and steps up when everyone in the National Basketball Association world puts them down.
'Thank God it's bouncing on the rim because that's taking time, ' Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.
Understandably, James wasn't in a good mood after the game.
The Cavs still lead 2-1.
"He's human. He's going to have nights like this", said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, of James, who never has nights like this in games like this.
There's no explaining why a player as dominant as LeBron suddenly becomes emotionally detached over the final quarter of a playoff game the Boston Celtics had no business winning.
"You have to have some type of adversity to be successful", James said.
The San Antonio Spurs had their opportunity to hand the Golden State Warriors their only loss of the 2017 playoffs, and they blew it when Kawhi Leonard re-injured his ankle in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.