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NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

TALK TO ME: In a 114-91 drubbing of the Celtics, the Cavs took full control of the East Wednesday night. Cleveland now has a one game lead, which is essentially two games because Cleveland holds the tiebreaker.

In the D-League, Kay Felder and the Canton Charge rallied against Raptors 905, but ultimately lost 112-107. Felder finished with 31 points, 12 assists and 5 assists. You can watch highlights of his night here.

LEGEND HAS IT: The Cavs are off today and likely will take the day mostly off before playing the Hawks twice in three days this weekend.

ALL DUE RESPECT: Raptors 105, Pistons 102 in Kyle Lowry's return. Rockets 110, Nuggets 104. Lakers 102, Spurs 95. Warriors 120, Suns 111. Clippers 112, Mavericks 101. The Wizards and Jazz had the night off.

The Cavs enter Wednesday ahead of the Celtics by a game. The Cavs are 3.5 games up on both the Raptors and four games up on the Wizards. If the season ended today, the Cavs would face the Heat.

JOB WELL DONE: Kevin Love kickstarted a really fun fastbreak. LeBron James blocked Marcus Smart and celebrated with some Cavs fans.

Also: Subscribe to the Locked on Cavaliers podcast. Today's show recaps last night's game and talks about Tristan Thompson's thumb injury.

CROWN: ESPN's Zach Lowe on how the NBA desire to research a new crunch time format. ESPN's Tim MacMahon on Dirk relishing his new role as mentor. VICE's Blake Murphy on Jerry Stackhouse working to become an NBA head coach by succeeding in the D-League. BR's Michael Pina on Cavs-Celtics. Lastly, here's an interesting NYT feature on becoming a stepmother.

That's it for today. Drop your questions, comments and concerns to christopherwmanning@gmail.com and we'll talk again tomorrow.

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