Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – LeBron James and the Cavaliers escaped a
physical Game 4 with a sweep of the overmatched Celtics.
They played most of it without star forward Kevin Love, whose left arm looked
like it was jarred from its socket by Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk, touching
off a series of increasingly chippy plays that threatened to derail a game the
Cavs led comfortably almost from the start.
James had 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and No. 2-seeded Cleveland
advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 101-93 win over Boston on
The Cavs swept a playoff series for the first time since running the table
against Detroit and Atlanta in 2009 with James leading the way.
They will face the winner of the Chicago-Milwaukee series in the next round.
The third-seeded Bulls lead 3-1 with Game 5 set for Monday in Chicago.
The Celtics, after a late-season run landed them in the playoffs despite an
apparent rebuilding effort, were swept for the first time in 11 years.
Kyrie Irving added 24 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland and Iman Shumpert
chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
Isaiah Thomas and Jared Sullinger scored 21 apiece off the bench to lead
Boston and Avery Bradley had 16 points.