The Cleveland Cavaliers crushed the Boston Celtics, 130-86, to take a 2-0 lead in Eastern Conference Finals. The game took place Friday, May 19, 2017, at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Cavaliers rattled off the first six points of the game. The Celtics made one significant run at Cleveland and got within one point, 11-10. However, they could not take the lead as Cleveland went on a late 12-0 run against the home team. The first quarter ended with the Cavaliers leading 32-18.
The second period was completely dominated by the Cavaliers. Defensively, they caused multiple turnovers and poor shooting by the Celtics. Cleveland scored 40 points in the quarter compared to Boston’s measly 13 points. The half ended with the Cavaliers holding a 41 point lead; 72-31. It was the largest halftime lead in NBA playoff history.
The outcome of the game was all but decided by halftime. The last columns to be filled were individual statistics and the final score. The Celtics could only play for pride in the second half.
Cleveland came out of the halftime and continued to outplay the Celtics. They stretched their lead to, as many as, 49 points and, the third ended with the Cavaliers enjoying a 103-57 advantage.
The final stanza was classic garbage-time for both teams as the starters were removed in favor of bench players. It was the only quarter that the Celtics managed to outscore the Cavaliers.
Celtics star guard Isaiah Thomas did not return for the second half. He was sidelined with a hip injury. He scored only two points in the first. Boston’s high scorer was Jaylen Brown, with 19 points.
The Cavaliers’ LeBron James had a game-high 30 points. It was his eighth game in a row with 30 or more. Forward Kevin Love led the rebounding with 12 boards.
Up to this point, the Cavaliers had never trailed in these Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics will need a basketball miracle to avoid being swept from the playoffs.
The teams will meet for game 3, Sunday, May 21, at the Quicken Loans Arena, in Cleveland, Ohio. The game is set for 8:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Written By D.T. Osborn
Edited by Cathy Milne
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