Despite 42 from LeBron, Cletics take 2-0 lead

BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics punched a Cavaliers initial and never looked behind in rolling to a Game 1 rout.

LeBron James took a verbatim shot to a jaw in Game 2 though kept right on scoring.

So did a Celtics.

Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and Boston withstood a 42-point night by James to kick Cleveland 107-94 on Tuesday and take a 2-0 lead in a Eastern Conference finals.

Terry Rozier total 18 points, while Al Horford finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Boston softened to 9-0 this postseason during TD Garden. The Celtics have never blown a 2-0 array lead in a playoffs.

“We’re going to fight,” Rozier said. “At this indicate we don’t caring if we win by half a point. If we win, that’s all that matters.”

James total 12 assists and 10 rebounds. He scored 21 of Cleveland’s 27 points in a initial entertain , restraining his playoff career high for points in a period. His 42 points noted his fifth 40-point diversion of this postseason. James had usually 15 points and missed all 5 of his 3-point attempts in a Cavs’ Game 1 loss.

But he didn’t seem to play with a same force after straining his neck in a first-half collision and a Cavaliers wilted in a second half, with a Celtics outscoring them 59-39.

“I consider I’ll be fine. I’m not going to remove nap over it. You go out and when we lay all on a line, during a finish of a day, we can live with that,” he said. “They did what they had to do, and that was strengthen home, and now it’s a time to try to do that, as well.”

Kevin Love finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds for Cleveland.

As expected, Tristan Thompson started in place of Kyle Korver in a hopes his participation could vitalise what was a indolent Cavs offense in Game 1. Thompson got Cleveland’s initial basket of a night and helped to extent Horford’s efficacy on a inside early on.

Korver total 11 points off a dais for Cleveland. But starters Thompson, JR Smith and George Hill total for usually 11 points on 5-of-17 shooting.

Tempers flared with 3:49 to play with Boston heading 97-89. Marcus Smart got in Smith’s face after Smith pushed Horford in a behind to forestall a layup. Smith shoved Smart and a span had to be separated.

Smith was assessed a extreme tainted and both perceived technical fouls.

“I felt like it was uncalled for that form of play there,” Horford said. “We have any other’s backs. … We changed on to a subsequent play approach and we sealed in after that.”

Smith pronounced there was no antagonistic vigilant on a play.

“I blatantly pushed him. It wasn’t like we was perplexing to low overpass him or something. Just make certain he didn’t get it,” Smith said. “It was a good, tough foul.”

Boston’s offset conflict was effective again, with 6 players reaching double figures. Cleveland had 15 turnovers heading to 13 Boston points. The Celtics incited it over usually 6 times.

Boston led 84-77 after 3 buliding and took authority late in a fourth with a Cavs removing small offense other than from James. Cleveland’s starters were pulled with 1:48 left and a Cavs down 14.

James was on a conflict from a opening tip. He incited a round over a Cavs’ initial possession. But it was one of his usually miscues in a initial quarter.

James was also astoundingly efficient, regulating his leap to emanate space, while he knocked down an collection of burst shots.

He finished a opening entertain 8 of 13 from a margin and 4 of 7 from a 3-point line.

His movement was tiny quickly during a 3:50 symbol of a second quarter, when Jayson Tatum was whistled for a tainted after throwing James jaw with his shoulder as he attempted a steal. James stayed in a diversion and connected on one of his indirect giveaway throws, though afterwards exited to a locker room with Cleveland heading 47-36.

The Cavaliers pronounced James had a neck sprain. He returned after blank reduction than dual mins of diversion time.

Boston flurried usually before a half, removing 6 points from Morris in a final notation to trim Cleveland’s lead to 55-48 during a break.

“I consider we usually have a organisation of guys that unequivocally trust in any other,” Horford said. “Our organisation in tough times, we’ve always found a way.”

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Were outscored 50-42 in a paint after being outscored 60-38 in Game 1.

Celtics: Went 10 of 31 from a 3-point line.

QUOTABLE

“We’ve got to be tougher. we consider they’re personification worse than we are. We see that. They’re being physical. They’re gooning a diversion adult and we’ve got to do a same thing.” — Cavaliers manager Ty Lue

40-POINT MAN

According to Elias Sports Bureau, James now has 3 career playoff 40-point triple-doubles. That is a many in NBA postseason history.

DEFENDING A TEAMMATE

Smart pronounced Smith’s play was a “dirty shot.”

“That’s not a initial time JR has finished some unwashed stuff, generally personification opposite us,” he said. “It’s like a bully, we keep vouchsafing a brag keep picking on you, he’s going to collect on we until we finally mount up. And that’s what we attempted to do.”

UP NEXT

Game 3 is Saturday in Cleveland.

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