Tonight marked the first game between the two-seed Cleveland Cavaliers and the one-seed Boston Celtics in their playoff series. The last time these two teams met up in the postseason was during the 2015 Playoffs, where the Cleveland Cavaliers eliminated the Boston Celtics, 4-0, but the Celtics would look to get their revenge starting tonight. Earlier this season, the Boston Celtics defeated the Chicago Bulls in the first round, 4-2, and defeated the Washington Wizards in the Semifinals, 4-3. The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Indiana Pacers in the first-round, 4-0, and defeated the Toronto Raptors in the Semifinals, 4-0. Each team looked to start the series off right tonight in the TD Garden.
The game would start off right for the defending champions as they shoot fifty-nine percent from the field as a team in the opening quarter, limiting the home team to forty percent. Three-time champion, LeBron James, would get hot for fifteen points, shooting eighty-eight percent from the field. He would also chalk up three rebounds and two assists to add to his stat sheet total. Tristan Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he is rewarded with six points. He would knock down two free-throws as he pulls down five rebounds. Kyrie Irving would play for the entire quarter, only to be held at five points. Kevin Love and J.R. Smith would each be limited to two points but Love would manage to grab four defensive rebounds. On the other end of the court, Avery Bradley would throw up nine points, nailing one three-pointer in the process. Rookie Jaylen Brown would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, contributing with four points. Jae Crowder would only drop two points but would gobble up three rebounds. Isaiah Thomas would play for ten minutes, only to score two points but it was the Cavaliers who ended the first quarter with a 30-19 lead.
Things would not get any easier for the home team as the Cavaliers go on a 31 to 20 run in the second quarter. During that run, Kevin Love would come alive for eleven points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He would drain a three-pointer in the process. He would also crash the boards for five defensive rebounds and he would do all of this while playing ten minutes. James would shoot forty-three percent from the field as he throws up eight points. He would also work for two defensive rebounds, along with two assists. Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he helps out with five points. He would jump up to pull down one offensive and one defensive rebound. Smith would be held scoreless but would manage to collect two defensive rebounds. As for the Boston team, Thomas would still struggle as he would only chalk up six points, hitting one three-pointer while doing so. Marcus Smart would come off the bench to drop four points while shooting thirty-three percent from the field. Brown would come off the bench, as well, to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He would only score four points, as well. Al Horford, Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley would each be limited to two points as the Ohio team walk into halftime with a comfortable 61-39 advantage.
The Celtics looked to cut into the deficit as they go on a 36 to 30 run in the third period. They would shoot sixty-four percent from the field as a team while limiting the Cavaliers to forty-eight percent. During that run, Crowder would heat up for ten points which would include two three-pointers. He would also crash the boards for two offensive rebounds while shooting eighty percent from the field. Bradley would play for the entire quarter as he puts up eight points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc. He would also grab four defensive rebounds and Horford would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He would hit a three-pointer while collecting seven points in the quarter. Thomas would score seven points, as well, hitting a three-pointer in the process. The Cavaliers would not stop competing as former Timberwolves player, Kevin Love, would continue to put on a shooting display as he puts up eighteen more points to add to his scoring total. He would earn fifteen of those points from behind the arc while collecting the other three from the free-throw line. Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he receives seven points in return. LeBron James would only to limited to two points but would manage to pull down one defensive rebound and dish off three assists. J.R. Smith would be held scoreless in this quarter, as well, but it was the Cleveland team that still went into the last quarter with a 92-75 lead.
The Cavaliers would finish things off in the fourth period as LeBron James starts to heat up again with thirteen points, hitting one three-pointer in the process. He would shoot sixty percent from the field as he pulls down three rebounds. Kyle Korver, Channing Frye and Derrick Williams would each come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer to contribute to the lead. On the other end of the court, Gerald Green would drop eleven points, earning nine of them from beyond the arc. Jae Crowder would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to collect seven points but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers who defeat the Boston Celtics, 117-104, taking a 1-0 lead in the series. LeBron James finished with thirty-eight points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Tristan Thompson also recorded a new Playoff career-high twenty points. Jae Crowder would finish with twenty-one points, eight rebounds and five assists. Avery Bradley would also finish with twenty-one points, four rebounds and one assist.