News ID: 215173
Published: 0110 GMT May 16, 2018

Celtics charge to 2-0 lead over Cavs

Celtics charge to 2-0 lead over Cavs
Terry Rozier (L) of the Celtics dunks against the Cavaliers in Game 2 of NBA Eastern Conference finals in Boston’s TD Garden on May 15, 2018.
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Jaylen Brown totaled 23 points and seven rebounds to help the Boston Celtics take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals with a 107-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

Terry Rozier scored 18 points, Al Horford added 15 points and 10 boards, Marcus Morris had 12 points and both Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart contributed 11 for the Celtics, who were 108-83 winners Sunday in Game 1, Reuters reported.

LeBron James recorded 42 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, marking his NBA-record 17th career playoff game with 30 points and 10 assists. Kevin Love added 22 points and 15 rebounds, but Kyle Korver (11 points) was the only other Cleveland player to score in double figures.

James, who managed just 15 points in the Game 1 loss, has won five consecutive East playoff series after losing the series opener.

Boston, which improved to 9-0 at home this postseason, has never lost a best-of-seven playoff series when leading 2-0.

“We just play hard,” Horford said. “We go out there, we compete. It’s Celtics basketball. We’re really embracing Celtics basketball. We’re playing hard.

“We’ve got each other’s backs, and that’s it.”

Game 3 is Saturday night in Cleveland.

“We have an opportunity to go back home, protect home court,” James said.

“We’re going to use these days to really dive in on what needs to be done to help our ballclub be successful.

“They did what they had to do, and that was protect home, and now it’s our time to try to do that as well.”

The Cavaliers led 55-48 at halftime.

Smart’s three-pointer with 4:34 left in the third quarter gave the Celtics a 72-71 lead after they had trailed by 11. It was their first lead since they were up 3-2 only 49 seconds in. Boston was on top 84-77 entering the fourth quarter.

James and Brown combined for 35 of the game’s first 50 points as the Cavaliers jumped out to a 27-23 lead after one quarter.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of the team’s approach to defending James, “I think the biggest thing is we’re just trying to make it as hard as possible. ... We’ve got a lot of different guys guarding him.”

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said, “We’ll be better going back home. We know that. They played well in that second half, and we’ve got to be ready to go on Saturday.”

 

 

   
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