The Celtics had no difficulty controlling one of the revelation teams of the season, Ricky Rubio’s Cavaliers, and won the game 111-101 over a Cavs who arrived in Boston without three of their best defensive players.
The Celtics had no trouble controlling one of the teams revelation of the season, the Cavaliers of Ricky Rubio , and won the game 111-101 about Cavs who came to Boston without three of their best defensive players.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 23, 2021
The most successful man for the Celtics, who had a 23-point lead in the third quarter, was guard Jaylen Brown , who scored 34 points (15 triples), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 stopper.
Celtics center Robert Williams III finished the night with a double-double of 21 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks while Jayson Tatum , after a weak first half, had 18 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 block.
The best player for the Cavs was Darius Garland , with 28 points and 5 rebounds while Kevin Love added a double-double of 18 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal.
The Spanish point guard of the Cavaliers, Ricky Rubio , added 8 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals on a night in which he was not lucky in his shots and only scored 1 of the 5 triples he tried.
Joe Johnson , who has joined the Celtics discipline thanks to a 10-day emergency contract, was also the author of the last Boston basket, with which he scored his only 2 points.
With Fall on the track, Bickerstaff tried to make up for the losses of Allen and Mobley , the team’s two towers, who have become essential pieces to which much of the success of the new Cavaliers can be attributed.
Fall’s experiment was over and the Senegalese, who played 8 minutes in the first quarter, settled for 6 in the second and only 3.24 in the third. Dean Wade and Markkanen , normally solid shooters from long range, were 0 in the third period. Only Love and Garland worked in attack.
The Celtics were placed 23 points up in the third quarter, 81-53, but a reaction led by Love at the end of the quarter, reduced the difference to 12 points, 85-73.
In the last 12 minutes, the Cavs cut the Celtics’ lead to 10 points but at no time did the visitors threaten the Boston team who ended up winning 111-101.
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