Tonight marked the second game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics in their playoff series. The first game would be a victory for the Cavaliers as they pull away with a 117-104 win. In that game, LeBron James scored thirty-eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off seven assists. Jae Crowder finished with twenty-one points, eight rebounds and five assists. Avery Bradley would also finish with twenty-one points, along with four rebounds and one assist. The Cleveland Cavaliers would look to improve to a 2-0 lead as they face the Celtics in the TD Garden tonight.
The game would start off right for the defending champions as they shoot sixty percent from the field as a team during the first quarter, limiting the Celtics to twenty-nine percent. Kyrie Irving would put up nine points as he shoots fifty-seven percent from the field. Kevin Love would knock down two three-pointers and two free-throws as he earns himself eight points. He would also gobble up five rebounds as LeBron James picks up five points and five assists. J.R. Smith would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, collecting five points which included one three-pointer. He would also crash the boards for five defensive rebounds while Kyle Korver comes off the bench to drill a three-pointer. On the other end of the court, Gerald Green, who is replacing Amir Johnson, would chalk up six points. He would earn all of them from behind the arc as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. Avery Bradley would play for the entire quarter, only to be limited to four points. The second-round pick in the 2012 draft, Jae Crowder, would put up two points as he shoots twenty-five percent from the field. Isaiah Thomas would be held scoreless from the field but would knock down two free-throws as the Cleveland Cavaliers end the first period with a 32-18 lead.
Things would not get any easier for the home team as the Ohio team sparks a huge 40 to 13 lead in the second quarter. Four-team league MVP, LeBron James, would get extremely hot for seventeen points which would contain two three-pointers. He would shoot seventy percent from the field as he pulls down two defensive rebounds. Kevin Love would contribute with ten points, earning six of them from behind the three-point line. He would add three defensive rebounds to his stat sheet total as he dishes off one assist. Kyrie Irving would be limited to five points, collecting three of them from behind the arc and the other two from the charity stripe. Iman Shumpert would come off the bench to drill a three-pointer while taking down four rebounds and giving out two assists. Korver would be held to two points while Deron Williams dishes off four assists and grabs two defensive rebounds. As for the Boston Celtics, Bradley would chalk up five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc. Crowder and bench player, Jaylen Brown, would each be limited four points as the defending champions walk into halftime with a huge 72-31 advantage. This would mark the largest halftime lead in history during a postseason game.
The Cavaliers would come out of the locker room to shoot fifty-eight percent from the field as a team, limiting the Celtics to thirty-nine percent. Kyrie Irving would score nine points as he shoots a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He would knock down two three-pointers in the process of doing so while James would put up eight points. James would collect six of those points from beyond the arc as he shoots seventy-five percent from the field. Tristan Thompson would contribute with five points while Kevin Love puts up three points. Love would pull down four rebounds while Kyle Korver would come off the bench to drop one three-pointer. On the other end of the court, Al Horford would light the floor up with eleven points which would contain two three-pointers. Rookie Jaylen Brown would come off the bench to contribute with four points while Avery Bradley would score four points, as well. Jae Crowder would hit one three-pointer but it was the Cavaliers who walk into the last period with a 103-57 advantage.
The Cavaliers would finish things off in the fourth quarter as their bench would come alive. Former Mavericks player, Richard Jefferson, would drop nine points as he shoots sixty percent from the field. He would collect six of those points from behind the three-point line. Channing Frye would also shoot sixty percent from the field while receiving seven points as a reward. He would drill a three-pointer and dish off three assists while doing so. Deron and Derrick Williams would each score four points while Shumpert would knock down one three-pointer. On the other end of the court, the Celtics bench would also work. Jaylen Brown would put up nine points while shooting forty-three percent from the field. He would also gobble up three defensive rebounds while former Cavaliers player, Tyler Zeller, would contribute with eight points. Terry Rozier would knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers who hand the Boston Celtics a 130-86 blowout loss, taking a 2-0 lead in the series. LeBron James finished with thirty points, four rebounds and seven assists. Jaylen Brown would finish with nineteen points (his new Playoff career-high), four rebounds and one assist.