Celtics stun Cavs in Bradley's three-pointer

Feb 25 2016 Boston MA USA Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley and guard Marcus Smart. Mandatory Credit Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 25 2016 Boston MA USA Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley and guard Marcus Smart. Mandatory Credit Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

"That's not who we have in our locker room", said Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

"I think the best part about it from all of our standpoints was how inspiring it's been to have a guy that's done all this and accomplished all this and is willing to literally go out and leave it all out there", Stevens said.

The win is Boston's first of the series, reducing the gap to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

While Jaylen Brown, 2016 No. 3 pick overall, was the lone bright spot in Game 2, Marcus Smart, the 2014 No. 6 pick overall, brought the leadership in Game 3.

In just his 5th career playoff start, Smart scored 27 points, shooting 7 for 10 from three.

The Celtics finished with six players in double figures - Smart, Bradley, Al Horford (16 points), Kelly Olynyk (15 points), Jae Crowder (14 points) and Jonas Jerebko (10 points).

In the moments after the Celtics completed a remarkable comeback victory over the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday night, forward Kelly Olynyk made a decision to get Thomas on a FaceTime connection to celebrate.

Celtics: Stevens said Thomas will visit hip specialists over the next few days and may need surgery. A lot of these guys have been overlooked and this is their first opportunity to really play a meaningful role.

Irving and Love both made a 3-pointer with less than two minutes to go in the first quarter and Cavs led 35-24 heading into the second quarter. It wasn't worth four'.

The 130 points by Cleveland was the most ever scored by its franchise in a playoff game, as the Cavaliers head home with a 2-0 series lead. The Celtics lost Game 2 by 44 points, the fourth-largest point differential for a road team in a playoff game. He added five rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block, leading all Celtics starters with a plus-8 differential.

"You have to have some type of adversity to be successful", James said. "It was like, you already knew".

Bradley had 20 points and hit his second game-winner in Cleveland over the past two seasons.

Cleveland forward LeBron James had a miserable night, scoring just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting with five turnovers.

"I had a tough game, period", James told reporters after the game.

For the Cavs, it was a very quiet night for LeBron James, who produced just 11 points, six rebounds and six assists.

It also ended the champions' 13-game post-season winning streak dating back to last season. "I know we got beat bad but it's all about how you rebound and we bounced back tonight".

The next game is scheduled for Tuesday, and we are going to see whether the Celtics are going to make a fantastic comeback or the Cavaliers are going to reach one step closer to the NBA Finals.

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