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BSJ Game Report: Celtics 128, Cavs 95 – Starting five combines for 78 points in romp

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(Adam Richins/Boston Sports Journal)

Everything you need to know about the Celtics’ beating the Cavs 128-95 in BSJ Quickie Form

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New starters assert themselves: There was little drama about who would be in the starting five after Jaylen Brown was ruled out for the night with a sore tailbone. Still, the new-look starting group (with Aron Baynes filling in for a resting Al Horford) imposed their will against a hapless Cavs team on Friday night. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Kyrie Irving (29 points) and the group helped turn a tie game midway through the second quarter into a laugher at the end of three periods by outscoring them on a 56-28 run midway through the 128-95 victory. Marcus Smart (12 points, 7 assists) and Marcus Morris (15 points) played their supporting roles perfectly, allowing Boston to put together their best home win of the season.