The Cleveland Cavaliers won game 3 of the 2010 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Celtics in Boston, 124-95.
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers gave the Celtics their worst playoff loss at home in franchise history. This was also the Cleveland Cavaliers’ largest playoff win on the road in their franchise history.
Lebron James led the Cavaliers with 38 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Antawn Jamison had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Delonte West scored 14 points, Shaquille O’Neal had 12 points and 9 rebounds and Mo Williams contributed with 12 points for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 19 points. Rajon Rondo followed with 18 points, Paul Pierce had 11 points and Nate Robinson contributed 11 points for the Boston Celtics.
LeBron James’ MVP performance showed no ill-effects of his elbow injury.
“I know I’m going to hear a lot about the elbow, but I’m here to play basketball and give our team a chance to win,” James said. “We knew how important it was to come out and play aggressively after giving away Game 2.”
“It was great to see LeBron set the tone from the jump,” Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. “And the rest of the team followed.”
“I think he’s healthy,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who has been dismissive of James’ injury. “His elbow looked very good tonight. So enough with the elbow injury. I think we can go ahead and focus on basketball.”
The fans booed when Boston left the court at halftime down 65-43. And they cleared the building midway through the fourth, when Rivers pulled his starters and James headed to the bench to rest his strained and bruised right elbow.
“That was embarrassing. That’s embarrassing when you lose at home like that,” said Paul Pierce.
“We just let our guard down. … You’ve got to know the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to come in here with all the urgency in the world. They took the fight to us early, and we didn’t respond to it.”
“We were awful,” Rivers said. “We just didn’t play with the same intensity they did. They played with a Game 7 mentality.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers now lead the series 2-1.
Game four will take place Sunday, May 9, in Boston.