The Cleveland Cavaliers roared back in the fourth quarter on Tuesday night to shock the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena, 95-90.
It was a back-and-forth battle for the majority of the game. The Cavaliers outscored the Celtics by four points in the first quarter, the Celtics outscored the Cavaliers by a combined seven points in the second and third quarters and then Cleveland came surging back in the final frame.
Cleveland was able to overcome 16 offensive rebounds by Boston, shooting 45 percent for the game (compared to 38 percent for the Celtics).
The Cavaliers also scored 20 points on 16 Celtics turnovers, while Boston scored a mere five points on 13 Cleveland turnovers.
Player of the Game: Kyrie Irving, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers
It must be noted that Tristan Thompson also had a terrific game, but Kyrie Irving posted a game-high 40 points on 16-of-24 shooting (7-of-7 from the free-throw line). That included 15 points in the fourth quarter and Cleveland's final seven points.
He also added five assists, three rebounds and two steals while registering a plus-minus of plus-11.
Up Next for Celtics
Boston hosts the New York Knicks on Thursday. The Knicks are 25-14 this season, but they are coming off an 88-85 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Monday.
Up Next for Cavaliers
Cleveland hosts the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. The Bucks have used a team effort to post a winning record so far this season. Their top two scorers are guards Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings.