CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Cavaliers evened the series before heading to Boston for Game 5. They beat the Celtics, 111-102, Monday night.
The Cavs had another strong first quarter with 11 points from LeBron James and plenty of help from the other starters. J.R. Smith added two three-pointers as Cleveland took a 16-point lead.
Cleveland continued to stay ahead of Boston in the second quarter. James added another 11 points while Triston Thompson dominated around the rim. At the halftime, TT had 8 rebounds and 10 points.
Kyle Korver was perfect in the first half. He was 4-4 on field goals, 2-2 on 3-pointers and 4-4 on free throws.
The Cavaliers struggled with in the third quarter and that kept the Celtics within striking distance. They were also forced to send Kevin Love, who had just 4 points through three, to the bench with five fouls.
The Celtics cut the lead to just 7 for a moment in the fourth quarter.
LeBron had 44 points with 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Thompson added 13 points with 12 rebounds.
Cleveland beat Boston in Game 3, 116-86. James had 27 and five other Cavaliers put up double-digit numbers.
Game 5 is set for Wednesday in Boston with Game 6 Friday night in Cleveland.