STUNNING COMEBACK: Celtics Beat Cavaliers 111-108 | NECN

STUNNING COMEBACK: Celtics Beat Cavaliers 111-108

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    (Published Monday, May 22, 2017)

    The Boston Celtics came out for Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Championship series against the Cleveland Cavaliers with more fire than they'd shown in the first two games combined.

    And in a shocking upset, the Celtics won 111-108 on Sunday night thanks to some last-second heroics from Avery Bradley. The Cavaliers lead the series 2-1.

    "Today, we had our spirit back," Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said after the game.

    Without Isaiah Thomas, who is out for the playoffs with a hip injury, the Celts spread the ball around, with six players scoring in double figures, led by Marcus Smart's 27.

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    "Marcus just kind of led us," Stevens said. "He is a true competitor. He's a tough guy."

    The Cavaliers offense continued to score almost at will, as the team put up 35 points in the first quarter alone, led by Kevin Love's five three-pointers.

    By halftime the Cavaliers were up 16, and it appeared it would be another easy victory for the Cavs after 13 and 44 point wins in the first two games of the series.

    But a 26-10 run to end the third quarter pulled the Celtics within 5. The game remained tight throughout the fourth quarter, with Boston twice taking 3 point leads in the final minute.

    With 10 seconds left, the Cavaliers tied the game at 108 on a Kyrie Irving layup. But 10 seconds was all the Celtics would need to get it done, as Bradley won the game on a last second three.

    The Celtics were helped by a rare off-game by LeBron James, who finished with just 11 points. Irving scored 29 and Love 28.

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    Game 4 of the series is on Tuesday night in Cleveland. Game 5 will be Thursday night in Boston.