Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Boston came into this game hurting. Losers of 3 straight, the Celtics surely looked at this game in Cleveland as a prime opportunity to get things back on track. Kyrie Irving had other ideas. “Mr 4th Quarter” disguised himself as “Mr 1st Quarter” in this one as he came out looking to make a statement against the East’s All-Star starting PG Rajon Rondo. Irving was aggressive from the beginning and had 19 first quarter points to get the Cavaliers off to a great start and a 1st quarter lead. After an offensive battle in the first half, the game turned into a defensive battle in the 2nd half, and the Cavaliers rose to the Celtics challenge hanging around with the Celtics. With Boston unable to separate themselves from the Cavaliers, they saw Cleveland take a late 4th quarter lead and down the stretch the Cavaliers made huge plays on both ends of the court to secure the win. Kyrie was able to switch into Mr 4th Quarter mode as well as he made some enormous plays in the final stanza. He made a hustle steal off a Rondo attempt to save the ball and turned it into an uncontested layup, and he added two huge layups in the final minute to seal the victory. Don’t overlook the night Tristan Thompson had either. The Celtics frontcourt may not be the feared defensive machine it once was, but Thompson was still active and able to chip in 21 points and 9 rebounds. But the night belonged to Irving who finished with 40 points and 5 assists. It’s really hard to use words to describe just how good Kyrie was in this game. He just continues to get better and to amaze and to give Cavaliers fans a glimpse of a brighter future. Rondo paced the Celtics with his typical stat stuffing effort with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists and Kevin Garnett added 16 points. Paul Pierce continued his shooting woes and despite hitting his first two shots finished 3-15 from the field for 12 points.   1 2 3 4 T BOS 27 26 20 17 90 CLE 31 23 16 25 95   Boston Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Rajon Rondo G 37:39 7-17 0-2 3-4 -10 3 13 8 5 0 0 0 2 17 Avery Bradley G 25:39 2-4 2-2 1-2 -5 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 3 7 Kevin Garnett C 30:40 5-13 0-0 6-6 -3 0 5 3 2 1 5 0 3 16 Paul Pierce F 36:49 3-15 1-4 5-6 -8 4 7 7 4 2 0 3 0 12 Brandon Bass F 27:33 4-7 0-0 0-0 -7 2 6 1 2 0 0 2 2 8 Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Totals 32-84 7-17 19-22 16 48 24 16 5 8 7 18 90 Percentages .381 .412 .864 Team Rebounds: 7 Jared Sullinger 26:17 5-11 0-0 2-2 -4 5 10 0 0 0 1 1 6 12 Jeff Green 21:21 1-3 1-2 2-2 +7 0 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 5 Jason Terry 19:46 2-5 0-2 0-0 +4 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 Courtney Lee 14:16 3-9 3-5 0-0 +1 1 3 2 0 1 0 1 2 9 Leandro Barbosa DNP – Coach’s Decision Jason Collins DNP – Coach’s Decision Chris Wilcox DNP – Coach’s Decision Cleveland Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Kyrie Irving G 37:55 16-24 1-3 7-7 +11 0 3 5 5 2 0 1 5 40 Dion Waiters G 33:19 3-12 1-4 0-0 +8 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 1 7 Tyler Zeller C 37:45 2-10 0-0 2-2 +5 3 10 4 2 0 3 2 6 6 Tristan Thompson F 39:39 9-18 0-0 3-3 +9 2 9 5 1 1 1 3 3 21 Alonzo Gee F 30:56 3-7 0-1 4-6 +8 1 6 2 0 1 0 0 2 10 Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Totals 37-82 2-12 19-22 8 39 28 13 7 7 8 22 95 Percentages .451 .167 .864 Team Rebounds: 9 Luke Walton 18:00 3-3 0-0 1-2 +2 1 3 7 2 1 0 0 0 7 Shaun Livingston 17:39 0-2 0-0 2-2 -6 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 Daniel Gibson 14:59 0-3 0-3 0-0 -6 0 2 1 1 1 1 0 3 0 Omri Casspi 9:48 1-3 0-1 0-0 -6 0 3 0 1 0 1 1 2 2 Kevin Jones DNP – Coach’s Decision C.J. Miles DNP – Coach’s Decision      
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao close to deal for fight

TJ Lang: Suh wanted to fight me after stepping on Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Hernandez jurors allowed to watch Super Bowl

Tiger misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Roger Goodell grilled on Deflategate during presser

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Rex Ryan: Seahawks need to ‘take the air out of the football’

J.J. Watt buys cabin in the middle of nowhere to train

Six teams have done background work on Peterson

NBA set to earn $700M through streaming deal in China

Wade Phillips is the best coordinator hire this offseason

Bill Belichick gives understated scouting report of Tom Brady

WATCH: Jimmy Butler throws down half-court alley-oop

President Obama zings Patriots over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's Player Of The Year candidates

Super Bowl XLIX preview and predictions: Patriots-Seahawks

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Most unexpected MLB free agent signings of past 10 years

Five most villainous Super Bowls of all time

Super Bowl ad focuses on acceptance of gay athletes

Foster says UT boosters paid him $40-50K while in college

Ranking the repeat Super Bowl champions

Eric Decker to Sherman: Time your conception a little better

Could Katy Perry and Russell Wilson be dating?

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Obama zings Pats over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's POY candidates

Super Bowl XLIX preview and predictions: Patriots vs. Seahawks

The 13 things we want to see in Super Bowl XLIX

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Tiger Woods, misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Ranking the repeat SB champions

Roger Goodell grilled on Deflategate

Katy Perry, Russell Wilson dating?

Rex Ryan has advice for Seahawks

Super Bowl: Things you can't control

LeBron and the Cavs are ready to make a run

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.