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FULL HIGHLIGHTS: Cavs Lost Kevin Love and J.R. Smith, But Win Game 4 To Sweep Celtics; 101-93

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics played an incredibly tough and physical Game 4 in Boston, and came out victorious 101-93. The main focus however, are on two key starters who left the game in the first and third quarters, respectively. Kevin Love suffered a shoulder injury, which some reports say is a dislocated shoulder, and J.R. Smith was ejected for smacking Jae Crowder in the face while both were fighting for a rebound.

The Cavs got off to a great start tonight as Kevin Love scoring his first and only basket on the first Cavalier possession, and Cleveland proceeded to run off 10 straight points later on to take a 17-8 lead. At the 5:24 mark of the first quarter, Kelly Olynyk and Kevin Love were both fighting for a loose ball rebound. Olynyk, as shown on the videos on the next page, clearly pulls Love’s arm down and eventually out of its socket, dislocating his shoulder. Love immediately ran to the locker room holding his shoulder and did not return. Play continued and it seemed to instigate physical play the rest of the game. Kyrie Irving hit a three-pointer at the end of the quarter to give the Cavs a 29-19 lead after one.

Boston scored a pair of baskets to start the second quarter, but Cleveland proceeded to run off 12 straight to take a 41-23 lead. There were hard fouls being given and players were getting more physical as both teams scored mini runs back and forth. Cavs center Kendrick Perkins entered at the 2:21 mark, and within 40 seconds, set a hard screen on Celtics forward Jae Crowder, a play that got players involved in pushing and shoving and earned Perkins a flagrant foul type one. Cleveland took a 57-36 halftime lead.

The physical play continued in the third quarter when J.R. Smith and Crowder got into it while trying to box each other out on a three-point attempt. Crowder pushed Smith twice in the back, and J.R. Smith retaliated by swinging his arm behind him and connecting with Crowder’s face. Crowder seemingly collapsed but remained conscious. But while collapsing, Crowder’s knee bent very awkwardly and he had to be carried off the court. J.R. Smith was ejected from the game, and Boston proceeded to cut the Cavalier 21-point halftime lead to just nine at 70-61 going into the fourth.

After scoring or assisting on all of their points in the past two fourth quarters, Cleveland went into isolation basketball again with Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. Both came through again, as the Cavs upped their lead to 91-75. Boston had one more run in them, trimming the Cavalier lead to 99-93 with 36 seconds left and possession of the ball. Cleveland was able to get some stops and came away with the 101-93 victory over Boston.

LeBron James led the way with 27 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, and three steals. Kyrie Irving came up with his first career playoff double-double at 24 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists.

Timofey Mozgov had 12 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks. Kevin Love managed just two points and a rebound before leaving the game in the first quarter. J.R. Smith had eight points and two steals before being ejected in the third quarter. Iman Shumpert provided 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, and the whole bench combined for 28 points.

Cleveland sweeps Boston and now awaits the winner of the Bulls-Bucks series with resumes Monday evening. Cleveland also awaits word on Kevin Love and J.R. Smith’s statuses for the next round and the entire playoffs. The severity of Love’s injury is not known, as he’ll be evaluated in Cleveland upon the Cavs return on Monday. J.R. Smith is facing a possible suspension after the hit to Crowder’s face.

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