After a shocking defeat in Game 3, the Cleveland Cavaliers came into Tuesday's matchup with one thing on their mind - dominate. They hosted the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of their Eastern conference finals matchup at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. It was a sellout crowd of more than 20,000 fans that wanted to see their Cavs come one step closer to advancing to the NBA finals. Celtics, on the other hand, were fighting to keep their season alive and would have to do so without the services of their starting point guard and leading scorer - Isaiah Thomas. Thomas is out for the remainder of the season with hip injury.

Huge third quarter lifts the Cavaliers

Boston opened up the game with an early 14-11 lead midway through the first quarter. They held a 29-19 lead after the first 12 minutes of the game as they held Cleveland to just 31% shooting in the period. The Celtics led by as many as 16 points in the second quarter (49-33) and at halftime, they had a 57-47 lead. LeBron James picked up his fourth personal foul with 6:46 to play in the second period. The third quarter was all about the Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving. The Cavs outscored Boston 40-23 in the period and Kyrie Irving scored 21 points in the quarter as Cleveland took the lead at 87-80 heading into the fourth quarter. Midway through the final period of the game, the Cavaliers held a 98-88 lead and they ended up winning the game 112-99.

Cleveland outrebounded Boston in this one 37-29 and shot 10-for-22 (45.5%) from behind the arc.They shot 59.5 percent from the floor on the night – the NBA’s best shooting mark of the 2017 postseason. With this win, Cavaliers improved to 35-5 against Eastern teams in the playoffs since 2015 and 11-1 this postseason.

Career night for Kyrie Irving

The "Big Three" of Cleveland Cavaliers came through once again for their team. Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James combined for 93 of team's 112 points on the night. Kyrie Irving led the way as he finished with playoff career-high 42 points on 15-for-22 shooting. Kyrie was 4-for-7 from the three-point line and also added four assists and three rebounds.

LeBron James added 34 points, six assists, and five rebounds while Kevin Love contributed with 17 points and 17 rebounds.

For the Celtics, it was Avery Bradley who led them in scoring on Tuesday night. Bradley finished the game with 19 points and five rebounds. Jae Crowder helped with 18 points and eight rebounds while Al Horford added 16 points and seven assists.

Cleveland now holds a commanding 3-1 series lead with Game 5 set for Thursday night in Boston.

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