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Cavs, Celtics collide in Beantown

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to halt a four-game losing streak Friday night when they visit TD Garden to face the Boston Celtics.

The Cavs' most recent setback came Wednesday night at home to the Miami Heat, 95-84. The Cleveland bench accounted for 58 points, while the starters managed 26.

Dion Waiters, who is now the subject of trade rumors, scored a team-high 24 points. Kyrie Irving posted 16 points as the only starter in double figures. Anderson Varejao (10) and Earl Clark (13) also cracked the 10-point mark.

The Cavs are just 1-8 on the road this season and clearly they haven't lived up to the hype. Some projected the Cavs as a playoff team, but they've fallen well below expectations.

"I think everyone in this business should have expectations. You should have something you want to reach for. I'm okay with the expectations," head coach Mike Brown said after Wednesday's loss. "The one thing I've said all along was it's going to be a process. At times you see us making progress out there. I thought at times tonight we had some of the best spacing and drive and kick basketball that we had all year."

The Celtics had their two-game winning streak snapped with a 100-93 home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. It was Boston's fourth consecutive loss in Beantown.

"It's certainly not the atmosphere; the atmosphere has been great," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "At the end of the day we need to get better at home, we need to get better on the road, we need to become a better basketball team."

Boston only shot 42.7 percent from the field against Memphis.

Jeff Green had 26 points and Jared Sullinger finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Sullinger, who started at center, went 2-for-3 from behind the 3- point line.

"I don't think he shoots enough of them," Stevens said Sullinger's long-range prowess. "A lot of 3-point shooters aren't very good post players. So if he can continue to develop that part of his game, that could really help us."

Avery Bradley scored 16 and Brandon Bass pulled down 13 rebounds.

The Celtics and Cavs split four meetings last season, but Cleveland has dropped eight of its last 11 in Boston.

11/29 10:45:58 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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TOR 3
 
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ANA 1
 
1st
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BAL 1
 
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MIN
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BRK 50
 
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ATL
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MEM
3:00pm Today
STL
CHI
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PIT
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MIN
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