Cavs cruise past Celtics 110-79

Boston Celtics' Tyler Zeller (44) fouls Cleveland Cavaliers' Timofey Mozgov (20), from Russia, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 27 points to move into 21st place on the NBA’s career list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers cruised to a 110-79 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

James, who has 24,508 career points, moved past Ray Allen with a layup in the third quarter. He was pulled with 4:41 remaining in the period and didn’t return, playing 26 minutes.

Kyrie Irving scored 18 points in his return after missing two games with a shoulder injury, and Kevin Love — who played despite missing the morning shoot-around due to illness — added 12 points.

Brandon Bass scored 15 points to lead Boston, which lost by its largest margin of the season.