National Basketball Association wrap: Terry Rozier spearheads Celtics rout of Cavaliers

National Basketball Association wrap: Terry Rozier spearheads Celtics rout of Cavaliers

National Basketball Association wrap: Terry Rozier spearheads Celtics rout of Cavaliers

But he will not play Wednesday against the Celtics at the Garden. Rozier made sure to pay his respects, and Thomas told the third-year Boston guard he was proud of him. They also had a 74-54 advantage in scoring in the second half.

With the Cavaliers double-teaming their longtime point guard for much of the game, Irving was held under 20 points for the first time since December 10, a span of 11 games. He was unlike nearly anybody we had ever seen, especially in the fourth quarter of games a year ago.

"There's no hard feelings", he said yesterday in Cleveland. "This ain't no revenge game".

Boston's defense - In the early parts of the season, the Celtics were winning everything, and a large reason for that was their league-leading defense.

The breakup between the Celtics and Thomas has had combative moments, such as when Thomas said last week he felt he was misled about his hip injury and would have sat out if he knew more - a point rebutted by Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

"Thats Pierces night. The video tribute aint the whole night".

"I just got in there, and you just can't go and shoot every time".

After trading for Isaiah Thomas on August 30, the Cleveland Cavaliers had to wait patiently for the newest All-Star point guard to get healthy.

"I enjoyed watching that throughout the game", Pierce said.

Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12) shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jae Crowder (99) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. "And my family and friends can see how much they appreciated me here". This is a showdown of the two teams who made a blockbuster trade that involved Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas.

"And they wanted me to attack so I tried to do the best I could in the minutes I got. He gives us steady minutes, and once he gets a feel and gets comfortable out there, I think he'll be great".

Bayless, who rarely misses an opportunity to question James' legacy, argued on Undisputed Wednesday that Thomas' presence in the lineup will hurt James' quest to accumulate huge stat lines, thereby keeping James from catching the ghost of Michael Jordan. There is always going to be something bittersweet about Boston with the way he left.

Fans who are still eager to see Cleveland and Boston face each other at full strength needn't wait too long - the teams will meet again in Boston on February 11 in what well could be a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Celtics experienced limited fallout from Hayward's absence.

Boston ends a four-game homestand Friday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Celtics scored seven straight points midway through the first quarter to turn a one-point deficit into a 15-9 lead.

Before leaving the floor, Thomas got a hug from LeBron James and one from Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, who pulled him close and offered two flawless words.

"They're playing well right now, so hats off to them", Lue said.

"My conditioning was pretty good", he said.

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