Boston Celtics overcome another huge night from LeBron James

2018 NBA Playoffs: Celtics sink LeBron James, Cavs in Game 2 for surprising 2-0 series lead

"On the third quarter - where the Cavs were outscored 36-22 - James explained: "[It got away from us] With turnovers.

It was a tale of two halves, Tuesday night, with the Boston Celtics getting the last laugh in a 107-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

At that point, James had 24 points, four rebounds and four assists and had made 9-of-15 field goals, 4-of-7 3s and 2-of-6 free throws.

The Celtics, who overcame a double digit deficit, have never blown a 2-0 series lead in the postseason. "We have another opportunity to be better as a ball club coming in Tuesday night, and we'll see what happens". "At this point we don't care if we win by half a point".

James added 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Per ESPN's stats, Cleveland's paltry 22-point third quarter was a product of only attempting two uncontested shots.

It quickly became the Jaylen Brown and LeBron James show in the first quarter, as James would go off for 21 points, with Tatum dropping 14.

James appeared to strain his neck in a first-half collision. "I think they're playing tougher than we are". But I thought our guys were locked in, and we're just going to have to be that again on Tuesday night. "You know, Terry, just like a switch goes off, and he just goes out there and plays". "They did what they had to do, and that was protect home, and now it's our time to try to do that, as well".

The Cavs have started Kevin Love at center throughout the postseason. It looked like Smart wanted to snuff Smith right in the face, but Thompson was there to pull Smart back during the scrum of extra-curricular activities. Smith shoved Morris and the pair had to be separated.

So Smith drew his flagrant on a reckless pushing of Horford while he was in the air trying to receive a lead pass from Smart towards the basket. It's exciting, I love the challenge, but like I said, man, it's a team effort. We have to come ready to play from start to finish.

"I blatantly pushed him". Just because Game 1 went the way it didn't doesn't really make it easier. "It was a good, hard foul". Cleveland had 15 turnovers leading to 13 Boston points. The same was true when the Celtics knocked off the Sixers in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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

In the first-round series against the Indiana Pacers, the Cavs struggled offensively.

Weathering a third-quarter funk during the regular season is one thing.

About 45 minutes before Game 2, Cavaliers coach Ty Lue answered the wrong question.

James was shouldered by Jayson Tatum with just over two minutes left in the second period. The only time the younger team won was way back in 1959 when the Minneapolis Lakers (25.9) eliminated the Detroit Pistons (27.5) in three games in the opening round. A flawless snapshot of that was the first quarter, when James scored 21 of his 42 points in the opening period and Cleveland led by just four, 27-23.

We've got a lot of room to improve from tonight. They're gooning the game up, and we've got to do the same thing. Additionally, his triple-double didn't matter either. That is the most in National Basketball Association postseason history.

Boston had no such problem with scoring distribution - with all five starters plus Marcus Smart scoring in double-figures. But they're still 10th out of 16 teams to this point, and the only member of the final four group in the conference finals outside of the top four in playoff defense.



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