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New-look Cavaliers dominate the Celtics

On the night Paul Pierce's jersey was raised into the rafters at TD Garden, LeBron James led an energized roster who appeared more explosive and defensively capable.


Kahron Spearman


The revamped Cleveland Cavaliers secured a dominating 121-99 victory against the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics on Sunday, on the night that Paul Pierce's jersey was retired.

LeBron James led a balanced attack with 24 points, ten assists, and eight rebounds.

The new foursome of Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood, George Hill and Larry Nance Jr. debuted after trade-day deals and contributed to the blowout.

I know the guys that are here are very excited about this opportunity. It's my job to as the leader of this team to make sure that I acclimate the new four guys to be around a culture that's built around winning.

Clarkson led the new arrivals in scoring with 17 points. Hood and Hill showed their skills on both sides of the courts, scoring 15 and 12 points respectively.

The Cavaliers held a 27-point lead into the fourth, though the crowd - already acknowledging the game was in hand - began chanting "We want Paul Pierce!" 

The Cavs have won three straight and are just 5 1/2 games behind the Celtics, who had a rough January.

SOU  RCES
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