Celtics win showdown of Eastern Conference best

04 January 2018 13:07:07 EST

The Boston Celtics used a balanced attack to dispatch the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-88 Wednesday at TD Garden in Boston in a battle of two of the top three teams in the Eastern Conference.

The Cavaliers were not at full strength, with former Celtics star Isaiah Thomas held out of the game because of rest.

Leading the way for the hosts was Terry Rozier, as the 23-year old point guard from Ohio came off the bench to score a game-high 20 points while pulling down four rebounds and passing out three assists. Boston had six players in double figures for the game, with four starters hitting the mark.

The Celtics have a two and a half game lead atop the Eastern Conference over the Toronto Raptors and Boston now has a four and a half game advantage on the defending Eastern Conference Champion Cavaliers.

The Celtics are 5/2 to win the Eastern Conference this season, while the Raptors are 4999/1 and the Cavs are 4/9 to retain their crown.

The Celtics survived this contest without losing one of their stars for the season, having lost Gordon Hayward on opening night when the free agent signing broke his leg against Cleveland.

Leading the way for Cleveland in defeat was LeBron James, as the 33-year old small forward scored a team high 19 points while pulling down seven rebounds and passing out six assists for the game.

The Cavaliers will now head to Florida to square off with the Orlando Magic on Saturday in the second contest of a five-game road trip that also takes in matches against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers.

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