The presumptive demise of the Cleveland Cavaliers was put on hold on Saturday with a 116-86 rout of the Boston Celtics at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
LeBron James as usual led the way for the hosts with 27 points as all five Cleveland starters were in double figures. The 33 year-old small forward was 8-of-12 from the field including 3-of-3 from long range while also dishing out 12 assists.
Kevin Love had 13 points and 14 rebounds to also post a double-double for the Cavaliers although ultimately it was their defense that won the day.
The Celtics were held to 39.2% shooting with none of their stars getting into any kind of a rhythm.
Jayson Tatum paced Boston with 18 points, but the Celtics were outscored 32-17 in the opening period and did not get the better of Cleveland in any of the four quarters.
Monday the two teams will be back at the Quicken Loans Arena for Game 4 and after being blown out in the first two games at the TD Garden in Boston, the Cavaliers are now in a position to level the series.
Meanwhile over in the Bay Area the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors play the third game of their series against the Houston Rockets.
The latter worked all season to secure the top seed in the Western Conference and the home court advantage only to lose it in the opening match up at the Toyota Center in Houston.
Stephen Curry does not yet seem fully fit and that will be the focus of the attention at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
The Cavaliers are 9/2 to win the NBA Championship with the Celtics 999/1 and the Golden State Warriors are priced at 10/19.
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