Bradley's 3-pointer gives Celtics 111-108 win over Cavs

"Kyrie Irving and LeBron James would be the two answers", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said when asked about the difference from the first half to the second.

The Celtics, who are missing their best player, injured guard Isaiah Thomas, led by as many as 16 points in the first half and appeared primed to stun Cleveland again while James flirted with disaster.

The Cavs host the Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday night, staked to a 2-1 lead.

"No message", Lue said.

It was an uncharacteristically passive performance by James.

James finished the game with only 11 points and was silent in the last 19 minutes not registering a single field goal. The Celtics will try to pick up another big upset in Game 4 facing the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

"I've always stayed even-keeled", James said. LeBron James For the second time in his playoff career, James was held scoreless in the fourth quarter in which he played the entire period.

Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an nearly inevitable third date in the Finals with Golden State by rallying to beat Boston 112-99 on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

As he walked down a hallway inside Quicken Loans Arena to the postgame news conference, James was heckled by the fan for his sub-par outing.

The fan was escorted away by security personnel, but minutes later James, nearly always totally cooperative with the media, got testy when asked about his second-half struggles.

James said reviewing the film from Game 3 was not "tough to watch" because it was clear what changed the game in the second half. "Me personally, I didn't have it".

Deron Williams, who had been quiet for most of the series, also got in on the act with a series-best 14 points for Cleveland. But me personally, I didn't have it. "I'm pretty sure I'll be sore when I get home". The Cavs had a 13-game unbeaten streak going with James in top form, on the verge of penciling in his name above those of Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul Jabbar in the playoff record books. "He didn't shoot the ball well, and we still had a 20-point lead". It look like he has really found his groove with the team now one win away from the Finals. "They have a scrappy team", he said. We knew that coming into tonight. "I hope we can continue to play with that chip on our shoulder and come out the same way next game". We didn't keep the pressure on them the way we've been accustomed to.

"He's got to be aggressive, get downhill, play like he's been playing, play confident", shooting guard J.R. Smith said Monday after practice. Guys who weren't looking to score when he was out there now are looking to score the basketball. I think he's probably going to collect one to two more opinions and then go from there before he ultimately makes a decision on the next step, whether that next step is surgery or a specific rehab program, whatever the case may be. They were going through the motions and still had a big lead and then the Celtics started making shots.

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