Celtics win fifth straight while resting stars: Kyrie Irving (illness) and Al Horford (rest) got the night off against the worst team in the NBA and the Celtics didn’t have much trouble dismissing the visitors, cruising to a 125-103 win behind stellar offensive efforts from Terry Rozier (26 points) and Jaylen Brown (23 points). Five different Celtics scored in double figures as the C’s dismantled a lackluster Cavs defense with 52.9 percent shooting from the field and 45 percent shooting from 3-point range. It was the fifth straight win for Boston and tenth overall at the TD Garden ahead of a showdown with the Warriors that awaits on Saturday night. Cedi Osman had a team-high 25 points for the Cavs, who have now dropped 17 of their last 18 games.
Rozier continues to shine when given a starting role: It hasn’t been a pretty season for the guard, but he put on a show in the first half of this one, matching his season-high with 22 points at halftime after going perfect from the field. He eventually finished with a season-high 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting while posting team-highs with eight rebounds and six assists in just 30 minutes. The performance could be a much-needed confidence boost for the 24-year-old after a brutal month on the offensive end.