The Cavaliers held on to win, 111-102 and tie up the Eastern Conference Finals at two games apiece in front of 20, 562 fans at sold out Quicken Loans Arena. It was the 200th consecutive sellout through regular and postseason games dating back to Oct. 30, 2014.
The Cavs are 7-1 at home in the 2018 NBA postseason. The two teams will head back to Boston for Game 5 with tip off at 8:30 pm.
“Overall, I thought we maintained our composure and I like where we’re at and what we’re doing defensively,” Tyronn Lue said. “I thought we got a little stagnant in the fourth quarter, but we did a good job of staying with it.”
The Cavs led by as many as 19 points in the first half and led by 13 after three quarters before the Celtics made a run in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to seven points when Marcus Smart hit a jump shot to make it 100-93 with under four minutes to play.
The Celtics kept hanging around until James hit a long three-point shot with 1:40 to play to give the Cavs a 109-95 lead.
After the Celtics cut the lead to 10 points early in the fourth quarter, Kevin Love hit his first three of the game to push the lead back to 13, 94-81.
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The Cavs got a big performance out of Tristan Thompson, who finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds and he got the crowd going early with a block of an attempted dunk by Jayson Tatum, LeBron James took the rebound and went coast-to-coast for a layup & a for three-point play on Marcus Morris’ foul in the first quarter.
“He’s been great,” Lue said. “Tristan’s got healthy and he’s been a pro and he’s stayed the course and worked on his game and when we called his number, he was ready. He’s done a good job on Al (Horford) defensively.”
The Celtics are hoping to take advantage of the home court advantage that they earned during the regular season as Game 5 and possibly Game 7 would be played in Boston.
“We have a big challenge,” Horford said. “But, we have to go home and defend our home court.”
The Celtics have yet to lose at home this year in the postseason.