Cavs dismantle Celtics behind stellar defensive effort, 110-79

Cavs dismantle Celtics behind stellar defensive effort, 110-79

After Sunday's tough loss to the Houston Rockets, the

were in need of a dominating win, and that is exactly what they got Tuesday night as they dismantled the Boston Celtics, 110-79.

The Cavs shot 48 percent from the field and were lead by LeBron James with 27, Kyrie Irving with 18, and J.R. Smith and Kevin Love each with 12 points. The Celtics only shot 35 percent from the floor.

The Cavs came out on all cylinders during the first quarter, shooting nearly 42 percent from the field, and unlike Sunday against the Houston Rockets, shot 100 percent from the free throw line.

The Cavs would jump out to a 5-0 lead behind a baseline jumper from James followed by a three-pointer from Love. They would hold the Celtics to just 16 points in the quarter, while James and Irving combined for 12 of the team's 29 points. Irving contributed two key threes back-to back midway through the quarter.

During the second quarter, the Cavs more than doubled their scoring output while never giving up the lead. High intensity play defined the Cavaliers offense and  included four dunks from Tristan Thompson, Love, James and Timofey Mozgov.

Smith caught fire with 4:07 left in the half, hitting two threes from the right wing quickly followed by a fast break dunk that came courtesy of a Love touchdown pass. In the final minute, James slammed home a highlight dunk after faking out Boston's Avery Bradley with a behind the back move on a fast break run.

Coming out with a 61-36 lead to begin the third, the Cavs continued a stellar defensive effort, holding the Celtics to only 17 points in the third. Love started the quarter off strong with a three pointer to put the Cavs up 26. Smith, James and Irving continued their dominance offensively, as James finished the quarter and the game with 27 points in just 26 minutes of play.

Down 42 to begin the final quarter, the Celtics stood no chance of mounting a comeback. The Cavs reserves went on to maintain the monstrous lead, taking the 110-79 victory. The Cavaliers are on the road to face the Toronto Raptors tomorrow, March 4.

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