James led the way for the Cavs with 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. "It's up to us to see if we can come back here for one more".
The Celtics used a 27-7 run to take a 17-point lead in the second quarter.
"The sky's the limit" for Tatum, Brown said. "He's going to continue to get better".
Once again, James, who will play in his 99th game this season Friday, didn't get almost enough help from Cleveland's other starters and Lue didn't do him any favors, either.
To extend that streak, he'll need to win two in a row.
One of them will be in Boston.
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was answering a question about Boston's defense on LeBron James during a teleconference when he tripped the security system at his home. "That's the only thing that matters". He didn't check in until the second quarter, when the Cavaliers trailed by 15 points, and played just 19 minutes in the 96-83 Cavaliers loss. But Terry Rozier hit Horford with an alley-oop to snap the skid, and that was as close as the Cavs would get.
While plenty of chatter has centered on the road struggles of the young Celtics - just 1-6 away from Boston - the Cavs have their own demons to slay. "But I think everybody at this point is exhausted or worn down". "I was still trying to make plays, put our team in position to win". It's certainly not an excuse, but with another game coming in Cleveland plus the factor of elimination-game LeBron, flipping the script here, taking it back to Boston and finding some clarity in the pressure cooker isn't impossible. "It just happens because I've been able to play with some great players".
That's when the Cavaliers fought back. "We threw a lot of different bodies at him".
It took officials almost 5 minutes to review the fracas, issuing technicals to Nance, Morris and Rozier. The Cavs came out with a lot of fight and, despite being down early, were responding well to adversity.
"At their place, they were the aggressor", he said.
The Celtics took a 16-point lead to the fourth quarter that they extended to 81-62 on a Smart 3-pointer with 10:34 to play. Tatum had 13 points, and Horford had 10 points and seven boards at the break.
Kevin Love, the only other player aside from James to reach double figures in scoring Wednesday night, is having a hard time putting his finger on the issue.
The Boston Celtics maintained their flawless home record, and once again put all the pressure on the Cleveland Cavaliers.