Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Truth is: Cavaliers beat Celtics, 121-99, on Pierce's day

Truth is: Cavaliers beat Celtics, 121-99, on Pierce's day

"It was a good start", James said. But when the Cavaliers raced to a 27-point lead halfway through the final quarter the crowd couldn't hold back chanting "We want Paul Pierce".

LeBron would finish with 24 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds. "I wanted to be out there". Prior to the trade deadline, the narrative was that the Cavs were broken, Dan Gilbert had wrested control of the team away from first-year GM Koby Altman, and it was only a matter of time before LeBron was headed out the door.

In their first appearances for Cleveland since being acquired at the trade deadline, Jordan Clarkson scored 17 and George Hill had 12 points.

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Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Marcus Smart continues to recover from a lacerated right hand, which has kept him out since he cut his hand on broken glass at the team hotel on January 24 and needed stitches to close the wound. "I thought our first unit played really well, right out of the gate, and then I thought they did a great job of getting some aggressive plays. They had a lot to do with that".

Terry Rozier scored 21 with nine assists and Kyrie Irving scored 18 against his former team before sitting out the fourth quarter as the game became a blowout. To help make a push for their fourth straight National Basketball Association finals, Cleveland traded away six players and acquired four at the deadline. Now the Cavaliers are 33-22, have won three in a row and are six games back of first out east.

It's a small sample size, but based on Sunday's performance the newly acquired players are excited to be under the tutelage of LeBron. Not to mention, 6-of-10 from three-point range.

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Pierce, who was in town for his jersey retirement ceremony, was joined by former teammates Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo - as well as coach Doc Rivers - to celebrate his special honor.

Timeouts featured tribute videos from Rivers, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and Pierce's college coach, Roy Williams.

"When you're forever with the Celtics, you're forever", he said.

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James collided with Aron Baynes with about five minutes left in the first quarter and hobbled to the sidelines.

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