N.B.A. Playoffs: Celtics Take 2-0 Lead Over Cavs in Eastern Conference Finals
BOSTON — Jaylen Brown scored 23 points along with the Boston Celtics withstood a 42-point night by LeBron James to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers by a score of 107-94 on Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead from the Eastern Conference finals.
Terry Rozier added 18 points, while Al Horford finished with 15 points along with 10 rebounds.
Boston improved upon to 8-0 at home This kind of postseason. The Celtics have never blown a 2-0 series lead from the playoffs.
James had a triple-double, with 12 assists along with 10 rebounds to complement his big scoring night. He scored 21 of Cleveland’s 27 points from the first quarter, tying his playoff career high for points in a period. His 42 points marked his fifth 40-point game of This kind of postseason. James had just 15 points along with missed all a few of his 3-point attempts in Cleveland’s Game 1 loss.
although he did not seem to play with the same force after straining his neck in a first-half collision along with the Cavaliers wilted from the second half, with the Celtics outscoring them 59-39. The Cavaliers said James had a neck sprain. He returned after missing less than two minutes of game time.
Kevin Love finished with 22 points along with 15 rebounds for Cleveland.
As expected, Tristan Thompson began in place of Kyle Korver from the hopes his presence could energize what was a sluggish Cavaliers offense in Game 1. Thompson got Cleveland’s first basket of the night along with helped to limit Horford’s effectiveness on the inside early on.
Korver had 11 points off the bench for Cleveland, although starters Thompson, J.R. Smith along with George Hill combined for just 11 points on 5-of-17 shooting.
Tempers flared with 3 minutes 49 seconds to play with Boston leading 97-89. Marcus Morris got in Smith’s face after Smith pushed Horford from the back to prevent a layup. Smith shoved Morris along with the pair had to be separated.
Smith was assessed a flagrant foul along with both received technical fouls.
Boston’s balanced attack was effective again, with six players reaching double figures. Cleveland had 15 turnovers leading to 13 Boston points. The Celtics turned the item over just six times.
Boston led by a score of 84-77 after three quarters along with took command late from the fourth with the Cavaliers getting little offense various other than via James. Cleveland’s starters were pulled with 1:48 left along with the Cavs down 14. They sat more than seven minutes to conclude Game 1.
Game 3 will be held in Cleveland on Saturday.