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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said the Celtics are 'gooning the game up'

17 May, 2018, 01:21 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James hopes to even the Eastern Conference Finals with the Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics defended their home court and took a commanding lead after topping the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-94 in game two of the Eastern Conference finals.

LeBron James - 9/10LeBron James at the scorer's table. He scored 21 points in the first quarter alone and finished with 42 for the game. Kevin Love came alive in the second half to finish with 22 points.

The Cavaliers led for much of the first half and carried a 55-48 advantage into main interval but Boston outscored Cleveland by 14 in the third quarter to turn their seven-point deficit into an 84-77 advantage at TD Garden.

But, it was the Celtics players that were upset with a foul late in the fourth quarter.

LeBron spelled out the problem when asked about that fateful stretch. "We've had our third quarter woes this whole season, and tonight was another example of that".

Rozier took over in the third quarter, scoring 14 points in the frame (his playoff career high for a single quarter), and helping the Celtics outscore the Cavs 36-22 overall, which swung the game in Boston's favor.

James poured in 42 points to go along with 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

But even the four-time MVP's night wasn't exactly ideal.

Jaylen Brown scored 23 points, Terry Rozier had 18, Al Horford delivered a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds and Marcus Smart had a phenomenal effort game off the bench with 11 points. "I think they're playing tougher than we are. They move the ball, they continue to cut".

Boston's brash forward had spilled beyond the baseline while finishing a third-quarter layup through the contact of Tristan Thompson and then, sitting at the feet of Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck in a game where the score would soon be tied, Morris turned toward Thompson, who was lying next to him, and repeatedly screamed directly in his face.

Kevin Love tallies double-double in Game 2 victory.

As for the Cavaliers, they shot the same as the Celts from deep, but they shot a shade better from the field at 46.3 percent. But it was actually a seemingly harmless 4-0 run to end the first half that set the tone for Cleveland's collapse.

Smart's steal and feed of Morris with 17.2 seconds left in the half helped Boston narrow its deficit to seven and gave the team confidence heading into the intermission. But Marcus Morris scored on the Celtics' next possession and, following a LeBron turnover, scored again on a short bank shot.

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