Boston’s Big 3 came through with a collective 64 points to lead the Celtics to win in convincing fashion over the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-88 yesterday at the Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland’s attention was initially directed towards Rajon Rondo following his phenomenal Game 4 stat line. As LeBron and Co. shut down the young PG in the first half, it was the usual suspects were able to rise to the occasion between Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett.
Once the Cavs shifted to keep the veteran trio honest, Rondo found space to spark a run in the third with 12 points. Rondo finished the night with 16 points and seven assists. Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis was a key contributor off the bench with 15 points and four rebounds. “That’s the beauty of our team, it’s what makes us so dangerous,” said Pierce. “You look at Cleveland, you know you gotta stop LeBron. With us, it’s any number of guys. We’ve got four or five guys who can lead us in scoring in me, Rondo, Ray, Garnett, and Wallace. That’s why we’re so dangerous, different guys are stepping up on different nights.”
One player who failed to step up was Cavaliers franchise player LeBron James. His 15 points from 3-of-14 from the field may be his last game representing the city of Cleveland at home. The 2X MVP has previously made clear that he will keep his options open during his upcoming free agency period this summer.
With a 3-2 series lead, the Celtics will try to shut the door in Game 6 this Thursday at the Garden. “We cannot come back here,” said Garnett. “We have to think this is our Game 7 coming up and we cannot afford to have the best team in the league have a Game 7 on their floor. Just not possible.” Boston Celtics playoff tickets are still available with us at Ace!