“Celtics’ Dynamic Duo of Brown and Tatum Lead Dominant Victory Over Cavaliers, 120-95”

“Celtics’ Dynamic Duo of Brown and Tatum Lead Dominant Victory Over Cavaliers, 120-95”

Payton Pritchard grabbed a rebound in the closing seconds of Tuesday night’s third quarter, cut past the logo, and dribbled a long, contested 3-pointer.

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At TD Garden, palms shot up in synchrony as the ball crashed past the net. Pritchard’s lift turned out to be the game-winning shot on a night when the Celtics dominated the tempo the entire time but were unable to pull away at the beginning.

After leading by 15 points going into the fourth quarter and by 22 a few minutes later, the Celtics secured a 120-95 victory over the Cavaliers in Game 1. It was a well-rounded effort, with Derrick White contributing 25 and Jaylen Brown leading the way with 32.The Boston Celtics made sure that neither Cleveland’s enthusiasm from their victory in Game 7 against Orlando, nor Boston’s six-day absence from competition, would have an impact. With Paul Pierce, Mike Gorman, and other famous people in attendance, Boston gradually wore down the Cavaliers until overwhelming them in the second half.


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The Cavaliers, behind by Donovan Mitchell (33 points), came storming back, going ahead 23-21 with a 21-9 burst. The middle of the quarter found the Celtics’ defense not quite up to par. Luke Kornet now comes in.Kornet flourished as a screen-setter and space-filler on one end of the court while using his length to modify shots at the rim on the other. For good reason, the Cavaliers focused so much on Brown and Jayson Tatum (18 points) that Kornet frequently benefited underneath the rim.

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In a drowsy and somewhat slow second quarter, both teams increased their defensive zeal as the game’s pace changed and both sides committed a run of misses.Al Horford and Xavier Tillman Sr. formed a double-big lineup, as decided by Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla. Tillman confused the Cavaliers in the paint despite playing only seven minutes overall during the Heat series.

Tatum kept doing a little bit of everything even though his shot was missing as neither team was able to establish much of a rhythm. Despite Boston’s 59-49 halftime lead, Cleveland managed to hang around, partly due to the Celtics’ subpar 33% 3-point shooting.

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The score was then 80-64 after Brown rejected a Mitchell layup and discovered an open Holiday underneath the basket for two. In the third quarter, White was unstoppable, scoring 14 points and inciting a cry of “Derrick White! Derrick White! Derrick White!”

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