Garland, Cavs erased a 19-point deficit to beat the Celtics 91-89


The teams meet again Monday at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Cedi Osman, right, hugs Darius Garland after the Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics 91-89 in an NBA basketball game on Saturday, November 13, 2021 in Cleveland. (AP Photo / Tony Dejak) Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) – Darius Garland made two penalty throws with 9.4 seconds left, and the Cleveland Cavaliers gathered from 19 points down the third quarter to beat the Celtics 91-89 Saturday night to open a two-game set.

Dennis Schroder had a chance to take the lead, but Boston did not manage to connect with it, as his team mates had hoped, and the ball went out. There were five lead changes and seven draws in the final seven minutes.

The teams meet again Monday at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

The Celtics built their biggest lead at 72-53 with 3:05 left in the third, but the Cavaliers responded with a 24-4 run to go ahead 77-76 on Ricky Rubio’s free throw with 6:43 left of the game.

Garland finished with 22 points and six assists, rookie Evan Mobley had 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, and Rubio had 16 points and seven assists. Cleveland has won six of its last seven and has had its best start in five years with 9-5.

Schroder scored 28 points and gave Boston its final lead of 87-85 on a drive with 1:59 left. Jayson Tatum scored 21 points and equalized with a pull-up basket with 30 seconds left, but shot only 8 of 22 and was 1 of 8 on 3-pointers.

The Celtics had their two-game winning streak interrupted and failed to move above 0.500 for the first time this season. Robert Williams III totaled 12 points and 16 rebounds, and Marcus Smart had eight assists and five steals for Boston.

Boston held Cleveland to its lowest quarter (9th in the first) and half (38th in the first) of the season.

Both teams played back-to-back nights after hosting matches on Friday. Schroder scored the season’s highest 38 points as Boston beat NBA champion Milwaukee 122-113 in overtime, while Cleveland led Detroit 98-78.

The Celtics were up 52-38 at the break as Williams slammed an alley-oop from Smart just before the buzzer. Schroder scored 19 points and Williams had eight points and eight rebounds.

Garland was the Cavaliers’ offensive in the opening half with 18 points and four assists, accounting for 10 of their 12 baskets. The rest of the team missed 21 of their first 23 field goal attempts.

Grant Williams had six points on a pair of 3-pointers in the first as Boston took a 20-9 lead. Cleveland shot 3 of 20 with six turnovers.


Celtics: C Al Horford (stiffness in the back) was a scratch before the game after training on the pitch. … All-Star G Jaylen Brown (right hamstring stretch) missed his fourth straight game. Coach Ime Udoka said Brown will be evaluated next week but is still on track to return this month. … G Josh Richardson (soreness in the knee) and G Brodric Thomas (sprain of left shoulder) were inactive. Richardson played 28 minutes on Friday.

Cavaliers: F Kevin Love has been approved to rejoin his teammates, but F Lauri Markanen remains in the NBA’s health and safety records. Love missed his seventh game in a row while working on his conditioning, while Markkanen has been out of the game for six games. … G Collin Sexton (left meniscus) is out indefinitely and F Lamar Stevens (right ankle sprain) was unavailable after being injured Friday against Detroit.

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