CLEVELAND — (AP) Kevin Love scored a season-high 30 points, Collin Sexton added 28 and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 102-94 win in their home finale over Boston. It locked the Celtics into a spot in the NBA's play-in tournament.
The Celtics (35-35) played without starters Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart due to injuries. They had an outside chance to catch New York for the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference standings with only three games left, but a loss to the lowly Cavs (22-48) means the Celtics will be involved in the four-team play-in involving the Nos. 7-10 seeds.
Jayson Tatum scored 29 to lead Boston, which led by two entering the fourth quarter. Love caught fire in the final period with 11 points to lead the Cleveland comeback.
During the game, the Cavs paid tribute to forward Anderson Varejao, who has spent parts of 13 seasons with the club. The 38-year-old recently signed a 10-day contact to finish his career where it started, and scored four points and tallied two rebounds in what is expected to be his final home game.
The Cavaliers have just two contests left, both on the road. They'll face the Washington Wizards Friday night in the nation's capitol.
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