Celtics vs. Cavaliers score, highlights, takeaways: Boston takes commanding 3-1

The Boston Celtics took care of business on Monday in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinals matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 109-102 win. Boston, who has the top seed in the East, now owns a commanding 3-1 lead. The Cavs tried valiantly to protect home court and even up the series, but the Celtics were simply too much down the stretch.

The duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown led the way for the Celtics, with Tatum dropping 31 points to go along with nine rebounds and five assists. Brown contributed 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Boston was also helped by 11 points from Payton Pritchard off the bench.

Ahead of tipoff, the Cavs learned that they would be without their best player Donovan Mitchell. He was ruled out with a calf injury, and as Cleveland’s leading scorer, he was just too valuable to replace on short notice. Darius Garland contributed 27 points, and Caris LeVert, who was inserted into the starting lineup, added 17, though he went 1-for-8 from 3-point range.

Prior to Monday’s win, the Celtics bounced back from a Game 2 blowout loss with a road win in Game 3 as Brown and Tatum combined for 61 points on Saturday night. Now, following the win, the Celtics are in prime position to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. Game 5 will happen on Wednesday.

Cavaliers vs. Celtics: Game 4 score

Celtics 109, Cavaliers 102 (BOS leads series 3-1)

CBS Sports provided live updates, highlights and analysis from Game 4. Follow along below.

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