The Cavaliers opened their preseason schedule Oct. 2 with an impressive, 102-95 road victory over the Boston Celtics.
They’ll be looking to make it two in a row over Boston when they host the Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena on Oct. 6. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m.
In the win at TD Garden, the Cavs acquitted themselves well in their first game since LeBron James left as a free agent in July to join the Los Angeles Lakers.
Six players scored in double figures as the Cavs built leads as large as 21 points. They went wire-to-wire against the team many insiders have installed as the team to beat in the Eastern Conference.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he liked a lot of what he saw against the Celtics, who played without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving. The former Cavs standout, traded to the Celtics in August 2017, is expected to play against his former team on Oct. 6.
“In the first half, we did some good things,” Lue said. “Playing with pace. Pushing out on the break. All five guys ran the floor hard an we shared the basketball.
“We’ve been doing it in practice. Having it translate to the game was good to see,” Lue added. “There are things we need to keep working on and harping on as coaches.”
Kevin Love topped the balanced attack with 17 points as the Cavs played with the accelerated pace Lue has been championing since he succeeded David Blatt as coach in January 2016.
Love did all of his scoring in the first half as the Cavs built a 59-40 lead at halftime.
“That’s been the emphasis since I’ve been here, trying to establish Kevin early. That opens up the game for everyone else,” Lue said.
Rookie guard Collin Sexton, taken by the Cavs with the eighth overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft, added 15 points and played with physicality and assertiveness.
“He loves the the big moments and the big stage, playing in Boston against a great team in a great atmosphere,” Lue said of the 19-year-old guard who averaged nearly 20 points a game during his lone college season at Alabama.
Also scoring in double figures were guards Jordan Clarkson and David Nwaba with 12 points, small forward Cedi Osman with 11 points and guard-forward Rodney Hood with 10 points.
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