The Cavs lost to the Celtics 102-88 in a performance where Cleveland looked a lot like a team playing on the second half of a back-to-back and coming off a West Coast road trip. As a team, the Cavs shot 31-89 from the field with Kevin Love and Dwyane Wade shooting a combined 3-21 from the field.
The Cavs trailed by eight points at the half, but trailed by as many as 20 in the second half. LeBron James sat the entire fourth quarter with the game out of reach, finishing with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Crowder finished the game 2-12 from the field. Thomas did not play, but did receive a standing ovation from the Boston crowd during the game when he appeared on the jumbotron.
The Celtics now hold a 4.5 game lead over the Cavs in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland next play on Saturday against the Magic at the start of a four-game road trip. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.