The Boston Celtics overcame a 21 point deficit to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108 in game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Despite Boston’s best player, Isaiah Thomas, being out for the remainder of the postseason with a hip injury, the Celtics were able to rally back and get a much needed win.
Prior to game 3, Cleveland had tied the Lakers NBA postseason record of 13 straight wins. The Cavs led by as many as 50 in the third quarter of game 2 and LeBron James in particular finished with 30 points, his eighth consecutive playoff game with at least 30 points.
Surprisingly, that same high level of play and killer instinct didn’t follow James into game 3. The superstar completely disappeared in the second half. James had just 11 points, of which only three came in the second half as he went 1-of-9 shooting.
What caused LeBron’s second half meltdown?
“I had a tough game, period….Me personally, I didn’t have it. My teammates did a great job of keeping us in the game and building that lead. But me personally, I didn’t have it,” according to James.
Kevin Love finished the game with 28 points and 10 rebounds, Kyrie Irving added 29 points and Tristan Thompson contributed 18 points with 13 rebounds. Cleveland’s core showed up, but it wasn’t enough to outlast the Celtics’ comeback.
Marcus Smart, starting at point guard for Thomas, finished with 27 points, five rebounds and seven assists. Avery Bradley finished with 20 points and hit the game-winning three pointer. One of the most surprising performances came from Jonas Jerebko. Jerebko when 4-4 from the field and hit 2-2 from the 3 point point line. It wasn’t just offense aided their comeback, the Celtics also showed up defensively and made some good stops throughout the game.