The Cleveland Cavaliers claimed a 118-114 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday, with Lamar Stevens scoring five consecutive points in overtime to help seal the win.
Stevens connected on a crucial 3-pointer with 2:14 left in overtime and added a layup on the next possession to give the Cavaliers a lead they never relinquished.
Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with 40 points, including key baskets in Cleveland’s fourth-quarter rally that helped them force overtime.
Evan Mobley also played a crucial role in the victory, contributing 25 points, 17 rebounds, and three blocked shots.
Boston, playing their second game of a back-to-back, led for most of the game, despite the absence of their leading scorer Jayson Tatum. Jaylen Brown and Malcolm Brogdon stepped up, with Brown scoring 32 points and Brogdon adding 24 off the bench.
However, Cleveland dominated the fourth quarter, scoring 31 points while holding Boston to just 17, to force overtime.
In the end, Cleveland claimed the victory, with Boston missing a chance to win the game in regulation when Grant Williams missed two free throws.