The Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-94 on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 series lead and now head to Cleveland. The Celtics erased a seven point deficit at the half and held the Cavs to 39 points in the 2nd half.
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The Celtics were very well balanced with six players in double figures (all 5 starters) and the Cavs were never really able to lock in on one player defensively. Jaylen Brown led the way with 23 points on 9-18 shooting and 7 rebounds. Terry Rozier had 18 points (14 in 3rd) after only scoring 8 points in Game 1 and had a dunk that really sparked the Celtics run in the 3rd quarter. Al Horford was their vocal leader and had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Marcus Smart came off the bench and contributed 11 points and 9 assists and is unquestionably their emotional leader.
They were a plus seven from the free throw line (17-10) and forced 15 Cavs turnovers compared to just five on their end. The Celtics are now 9-0 at the TD Garden in this postseason and there’s a possibility they won't play again at the TD Garden again until the NBA Finals.
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The Cavaliers LeBron James despite getting bumped and bruised still finished with a 40 point triple-double. He finished with 42 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds and did everything he could to propel his team to victory but ultimately did not get enough help from anyone outside of Kevin Love who finished with a double-double with 22 points (9-18 FG) and 15 rebounds. Kyle Korver who came off the bench in favor of Tristan Thompson contributed 11 points. Thompson had 8 points and 7 rebounds.
The Cavs backcourt of JR Smith and George Hill combined for 3 points on 1-11 and 0-6 from three (Not a typo). Those guys must show up and be better in Game 3. The Cavs now face a must win in Game 3 on Saturday night and will look for energy from their fans at the Quicken Loans Arena. If players outside of James and Love don’t show up it won't matter.
Game 3: Saturday 5/19
What To Watch For: Will LeBron have to score 40 plus for the Cavs to have a chance?
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