The Boston Celtics continued its string of games against some of the top teams in the league Tuesday but fell on the short side of an 89-77 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Boston played the Cavs tough in the first half and held a lead for the majority of the first two quarters by using a balanced attack and holding LeBron James in check.

In the third quarter the Celtics saw their 5 point lead disappear as Cleveland went on a run to take the lead and never look back. LeBron James led all scorers with 24 points while Kevin Love added 20 points and 8 rebounds.

The Celtics shot a season low 32 percent from the field and struggled to get shots in the paint against the much bigger Cavs. Avery Bradley led Boston with 17 points and Jae Crowder chipped in with 14.

There will be no time to dwell on the loss as the Celtics boarded a flight after the game to Detroit where they play the Pistons tonight.