Cavaliers' rally falls short in 119-113 loss to Celtics

The Cavaliers fall to 2-5 on the season

James Rapien
November 05, 2019 - 9:22 pm

CLEVELAND, OH – The Cavaliers couldn’t find a way to stop Celtics star Gordon Hayward on Tuesday night in a 119-113 loss to the Celtics.

Hayward finished with 39 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. He went 17-for-20 from the floor and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. 

“It was definitely Hayward’s night and he was the one that definitely put them over the top the entire game,” Kevin Love said.

The Cavaliers struggled early in the matchup, shooting just 23 percent (3-of-13) from the field in the first six minutes. They trailed by as much 13 points, but never stopped fighting.

The Cavs had their chances late in the game. Cleveland cut the deficit to three with less than two minutes remaining.

Love missed an open 3-pointer and couldn’t take advantage of a post-up opportunity against the smaller Marcus Smart.

The Celtics gained possession following a jump ball and Hayward put-back a Kemba Walker miss that clinched the game for Boston.

“I kept looking at the scoreboard and didn’t think we were doing well and saw it get to double digits maybe once or twice,” head coach John Beilein said. “That was the message in every time out, ‘Guys we’re not even playing well and we’re two or three baskets away from making this a very close game.’ And sure enough it was, they (Boston) just made enough plays down the stretch.”

Collin Sexton led the Cavs with 21 points. Larry Nance Jr. had his best shooting game of the year. The Cavaliers’ forward made three 3-pointers and went 5-of-6 from the field, finishing with 15 points.

Tristan Thompson tallied his sixth double-double of the season, finishing with 19 points, 13 rebounds and four assists

The Cavaliers’ shooting struggles continued all night long. They shot just 42 percent from the field. The Celtics were on fire for most of the evening, shooting 57 percent from the floor. 

The Cavaliers are now 2-5 this year and have lost three straight games.

Rookie Struggles

The Cavaliers were without two of their first-round picks on Tuesday night. Dylan Windler continues to rehab a leg injury and Kevin Porter Jr. was suspended.

The one rookie who did play – Darius Garland – struggled shooting for a third straight game. He was 0-for-3 from 3-point range and just 2-for-11 from the field.

Garland has shot 5-for-29 from the floor in his last three games.

Up Next

The Cavaliers begin a 3-game road trip starting on Friday night against the Wizards. They’ll head to New York to play the Knicks on Sunday and finish up with the 76ers on Tuesday, November 12. The Cavs' next home game is November 14 against the Miami Heat.