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- The Cavaliers tied the Eastern Conference Finals with a 111-102 win over the Celtics in Cleveland on Monday night.
- While LeBron James was once again the centerpiece of the Cavaliers’ win, 37-year-old veteran Kyle Korver came up huge for Cleveland as well, including three big blocks that got the crowd going.
- After the game, Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue expressed disbelief at Korver’s age and joked that they played him too many minutes.
The Cavaliers evened the Eastern Conference Finals at 2-2 on Monday night with a dominant 111-102 win in Cleveland over the Boston Celtics.
As with most Cavaliers wins, LeBron James was the star of the show, scoring 44 points on 17-of-29 shooting, but of the “Other Cavaliers” to contribute to the win, veteran Kyle Korver came up huge for the home team.
In 25 minutes off the bench for the Cavaliers, Korver scored 14 points and added three huge blocks that got the crowd on its feet.
This is crazy Kyle Korver really got Jaylen Brown out here looking like Papa Doc after Eminem exposes Cranbrook pic.twitter.com/NN7LvJOJn3
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) May 22, 2018
Asked about his big game off the bench, head coach Tyronn Lue expressed disbelief when a reporter reminded him that Korver was 37 years old.
“He’s 37 now? God dang,” Lue, who is just four years older than Korver, said. “We played him too many minutes. We need him though. We need him.”
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James also had high praise for the veteran shooter, saying after the game, “I’ve loved Kyle ever since we made the trade to get him here.”
For his part, Korver was quick to admit that his age is a factor of his game, especially when diving for loose balls.
“I felt so incredibly old and slow when I dove after that ball, but the heart was in the right spot,” Korver said after the game. “I’m going to be hurting tomorrow. My back is a little sore, my elbow is a little sore, but this is fun basketball.”
With the series now knotted at 2-2, the Cavaliers will look to take the lead in the Eastern Conference Finals in Game 5 in Boston on Wednesday.