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The Cavaliers went wire-to-wire over the Celtics in Game 3 and were almost as dominant on Monday night – taking their final lead with 7:31 to play in the first quarter and keeping Boston at a double-digit distance for most of the rest of the contest despite not being especially sharp after intermission.

Despite getting another strong collective effort from the rest of the squad, LeBron James still notched his sixth 40-point game of the 2018 postseason – and second in the last three outings in the series – leading both teams with 44 points on 17-for-28 shooting, going 9-of-13 from the stripe while adding five boards, three assists and a steal.

Kyle Korver notched his second straight 14-point game off the bench – drilling his first four shots of the night and finishing 4-of-7 from the floor, including 2-of-5 from long-range. The 15-year veteran was solid on both ends of the floor, leading both squads with three of Cleveland’s eight blocks on the night.

”I think we’ve just played like a different team (at home), to be honest,” said Korver. “Those first two games in Boston, that wasn’t us. That was really poor, poor basketball on our end. So we’ve come home and we’ve taken care of business here.”

Tristan Thompson tallied his third double-double of the postseason and continued to flummox Al Horford on the defensive end – finishing with 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, going 6-of-10 from the floor, adding two assists, two blocks and a pair of steals.

”It’s not a series until you win a game on the road, right?” quipped Thompson after the game. “(Boston)’s been really good at home. We know that their crowd is going to be into it. They’re going to come out fighting. They’re going to be real physical like they were in Games 1 and 2. We’ve got to weather that storm. We’ve got to weather that storm and stay together as a team.”

All five Celtics starters tallied double-figures – led by Jaylen Brown’s 25 points. Terry Rozier doubled-up with 16 points and 11 assists and Al Horford added 15 points and seven boards, but never got into the rhythm that he enjoyed through the first two games in Boston.

As a team, the Wine & Gold shot 51 percent from the floor, including 8-of-23 from long-distance. The Celtics – who were outscored in the pain, 50-38, canned nine triples in the loss. The Celtics did hand out 21 assists to just 15 for the Cavaliers – who finished with just two helpers after halftime.

”We don’t know what we’re going to see in Game 5 – only the game gods know that,” said LeBron. “We know it’s going to be a hostile environment. We know their fans are going to be very energetic. But we have to just have our same mindset we had when we came home for these two games.”

Up Next — After holding serve with two convincing victories at The Q, the series now goes 1-1-1 the rest of the way – beginning with Wednesday night’s showdown in Boston for Game 5 at TD Garden. It’s back here in Cleveland for Game 6 on Friday night (5/25) at The Q and, should the series go the distance, will wrap up back in Beantown for Game 7 on Sunday night (5/27) – all games, 8:30 p.m. ET.