This Weekend for New England Sports: 2/3 Wins

By Sarah Johansson:

Friday November 14

The Celtics played the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30 Friday night.  The last time LeBron James played in Boston as a Cavalier, he lost to the Celtics in the 2010 playoffs.  James scored 41 points on Friday helping the Cavaliers overtake the Celtics 122-121.  Kyrie Irving also played a strong game ending with a total of 27 points.

In the fourth quarter, the Celtics had a 19-point lead that they could not hold on to.  Fifteen of Irving’s 27 points were scored in that final quarter.

For the Celtics, Kelly Olynyk scored 21 points followed closely by Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green who each totaled 19 points on Friday.  Rajon Rondo had 16 assists, but these were not enough to secure a win.

The Celtics play the Phoenix Suns tonight at 7:30 in Boston.  You can find the full season schedule here.

Saturday November 15

After two consecutive losses during the week, the Bruins were able to secure a 2-1 win on Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes.  Jiri Tlusty gained the initial lead for the Hurricanes, scoring in the seventh minute.

However, the Bruins were able to come back quickly.  In the 14th minute, Seth Griffith tied the game and Patrice Bergeron secured the lead in the final minute of the first period.  Brad Marchand and Dennis Seidenberg were both credited with assists on Bergeron’s goal.  This makes Marchand’s 100th assist of his NHL career.

The Hurricanes had more shots on goal (34-25), but Tuukka Rask had a great performance.  He ended the game with a .971 overall save percentage.

The Bruins return to the TD Garden on Tuesday November 18 when they will face off against the St. Louis Blues.

Click here for the 2014-2015 Bruins schedule.

Sunday November 16

Sunday night, the Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts in a 42-20 victory.  After a bye week, the win put the Patriots’ record at 8-2 and gave them their sixth consecutive win.

The win was especially aided by running back Jonas Gray’s exceptional performance.  On Sunday, Gray became the first player in regular season franchise history with four rushing touchdowns.  After running 199 yards, Gray almost also became the first Patriots player for over 30 years to top 200 yards in a single game.

Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes during Sunday’s game.  He was 19-of-30 for 237 yards and had two interceptions.

On the other hand, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was 23 of 39 for 303 yards with one interception.  Luck has had eight 300-yard games in a row, trailing the franchise record holder Drew Brees who has nine straight games.

Adam Vinatieri scored two field goals for the Colts and Luck threw two touchdown passes, but the Colts could not stop Gray who scored in every quarter.

The Patriots play next Sunday at 1:00 against the Detroit Lions.  The full schedule can be found here.

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