Boston, Massachusetts, USA: The Boston Celtics erupted in the third quarter in Boston Tuesday night, on the way to a 107-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. Boston now leads the series 2-0, with the series shifting to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4.
Boston’s balanced attack was effective again, with six players reaching double figures. Cleveland had 15 turnovers leading to 13 Boston points. The Celtics turned it over just six times.
The Celtics went 10 of 31 from the 3-point line outscoring Cleveland 50-42 in the paint after being outscored 60-38 in Game 1.
Jaylen Brown scored 23 points for the Boston Celtics. Terry Rozier added 18 points, while Al Horford finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Boston improved to 8-0 this postseason at TD Garden. The Celtics have never blown a 2-0 series lead in the playoffs.
James added 12 assists and 10 rebounds. He scored 21 of Cleveland’s 27 points in the first quarter , tying his playoff career high for points in a period. His 42 points marked his fifth 40-point game of this postseason. James had just 15 points and missed all five of his 3-point attempts in the Cavs’ Game 1 loss.
LeBron James scored 42 points, adding 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a losing cause. This is the first time he has trailed an Eastern Conference playoff series 0-2 since 2008, when his Cavs ultimately lost to the Celtics in seven.
Korver added 11 points off the bench for Cleveland. But starters Thompson, JR Smith and George Hill combined for just 11 points on 5-of-17 shooting.
This time, the Cleveland Cavaliers may really be in trouble.
LeBron James left Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night and went to the Cleveland locker room in the second quarter after colliding with Boston’s Jayson Tatum under the basket.
He returned a few minutes later and finished out the half with what the Cavaliers said was a strained neck.
James was under the basket when he collided with Tatum, whose shoulder hit James squarely in the jaw. James was shown rubbing his chin, and then he went to the locker room.
After scoring just 15 points in Boston’s Game 1 blowout, James had 21 in the first quarter on Tuesday night. He finished the half with 25 points, six assists and four rebounds.
The Cavaliers led for much of the first half and carried a 55-48 advantage into the locker room. But Boston outscored Cleveland by 14 in the third quarter to turn its seven-point deficit into an 84-77 lead.
The Celtics pushed their lead to double-digits early in the fourth quarter.
Boston led 84-77 after three quarters and took command late in the fourth with the Cavs getting little offense other than from James.