JORDAN Clarkson had a solid debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers, scoring 17 points to help the East champions rip conference rivals Celtics, 121-99, on Sunday in Boston (Monday, Manila time).
The Fil-Am guard, acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers on deadline day, shot 7 for 10 in 22 minutes of action.
LeBron James scored 24, issued 10 assists and was two rebounds short of a triple-double as the Cavaliers made it three straight wins.
The Cavaliers broke free from a tight start with a strong performance in the middle quarters, outscoring the Celtics 33-20 in the second and 31-22 in the third.
Rodney Hood, another new acquisition from the Utah Jazz, came up with 15 points as the Cavaliers improved to 33-22.
Terry Rozier came off the bench to lead the Celtics with 21 points.
Kyrie Irving had 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting, while Marcus Morris was the only other Celtics starter in double figures with 17.