Cavaliers Beat The Celtics 105-104: Game Recap 3/5/24

March 5, 2024

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap


3 Key Factors Around the Victory

1 – DEAN WADE!

What a comeback by the Cleveland Cavaliers!!! Down 22, the Cavs came all the way back, led by Dean Wade, who had a team-high 23 points, including the game-winning dunk, to put the Cavs up for good!  Wade had 20 in the final quarter. 

2 – Three-point shooting

Cleveland’s comeback was fueled by knockdown shots from deep. They ended up 20-42, compared to the Celtics 15-38. 

3 – Mobley’s ankle

Evan Mobley had a dunk in the middle of the 3rd quarter and came down awkwardly rolling his right ankle.  He left the game and did not return.


Game Summary

In a stunning upset on Tuesday night, Cleveland shocked Boston 105-104, ending the Celtics’ impressive 11-game winning streak. Dean Wade emerged as the hero, sinking five 3-pointers and tallying 20 points in the fourth quarter alone.

Despite trailing by 22 points in the final quarter, the Cavs rallied, spurred on by the energetic crowd, including NFL star Travis Kelce, who cheered from the sidelines. Missing key players like All-Star Donovan Mitchell and Evan Mobley due to injuries, Cleveland showcased resilience.

Wade’s career-high 23 points, highlighted by his clutch 3-pointers and a crucial putback dunk, propelled the Cavs to victory. Notably, he outscored the entire Celtics team 20-17 in the fourth quarter.

In the game’s dying moments, a contentious foul call against Darius Garland was overturned upon review, favoring the Cavs. This decision sealed the thrilling win, reminiscent of their recent buzzer-beating victory against Dallas.

Contributions from Jarrett Allen, Darius Garland, and reserve player Georges Niang were instrumental in Cleveland’s comeback, as they drained crucial 3-pointers down the stretch.

Boston, led by Jayson Tatum and Kristaps Porzingis, suffered their first defeat since February, having dominated their previous games with multiple blowout victories.

Cleveland’s victory was tempered by injuries to key players like Mitchell and Mobley, whose absence may impact the team’s performance in upcoming matches.

Travis Kelce, accompanied by his brother Jason, enjoyed the game while being honored by the Cavs, who celebrated their Cleveland roots with bobbleheads and a special jersey presentation for the retired NFL star.

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