The Boston Celtics now possess a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals after another huge victory against the LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. The Celtics’ Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford were more than enough to outscore James and the rest of the Cavs’ squad.
Boston surprisingly ruled in Game 1 against Cleveland of the Eastern Conference finals with a quite significant statement victory, which left most in the basketball world wondering subsequently should the Cavs picked this series wrong. And now they’re up 2-0 after coming back from a 13 points deficit to take down the Cavaliers 107-94 in Game 2 on Tuesday evening.
James was sensational from the opening period as he posted 21 points in the first quarter, including four three-points from beyond the arc. The rest of the lineup had six points in that same period. James sustained a neck strain, but returned to the contest in the final minutes of the first half, but didn’t get much done in the second quarter.
James looked fine in the second half, but the Celtics slowly climbed to their comeback, assisted by a a bunch of Cavaliers turnovers, many coming from James. The Celtics took the lead in the third period and Cleveland were forced to take some timeouts to try and get things calculated by the fourth quarter.
The Cavs didn’t puzzle anything out, despite LeBron concluding the Game 2 with 42 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. The superstar got little help from his supporting teammates, with the team going 10-of-31 from three-pointer rainbow mark. J.R Smith attempted four threes, and scored nothing from them. Kevin Love chipped in a total of 22 points, but still shot just 50 percent and only managed a single assist.
As for Boston, Smart played 30 minutes in the court, recording a total of 11 points with five rebounds and nine assists. He was exceptionally effective in the second half. Horford, on the other hand, put up 15 points, while Brown and Terry Rozier had 23 and 18 points, respectively. It was a pretty balanced offense and once again, and Cavs’ inferior defense and lack of offense beyond James was on exhibition.
When the final buzzer resonated, Boston had a 13-point lead in the Game 2, and a 2-0 lead in the series. Brown led the win with 23 points, while six different professional basketball players scored in double figures.