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Fast-paced approach propels Cavs to 116-86 victory over Celtics; Three takeaways

CLEVELAND – The Cavaliers had three days to recharge from a demoralizing, 107-94 loss to the Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Adjustments and a revamped game plan turned the tables on their 2-0 series deficit.

Cleveland came out with a surge, playing with fast pace, crashing the boards with tenacity and excelling on both ends of the floor en route to a 116-86 victory over Boston in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday evening at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

With the competitive edge, the Cavs got a wide array of contributions from their starting lineup – all five starters registered 10-or-more points – and outrebounded their opposition by a wide margin, 45-34.

LeBron James paced the offense with 27 points, five rebounds and 12 assists, while Kevin Love posted a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. George Hill – who could only register eight points between Games 1 and 2 – was arguably the difference-maker, notching 13 points, three rebounds and two assists.

The road five never held a lead in the one-sided affair, particularly because Jaylen Brown and Al Horford were limited to just 12 field goal attempts and 17 combined points.

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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