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Cavs send Celtics to record loss, 130-86, lead series 2-0

20 Mai 2017

Sir Charles clearly had no idea how right he would be. These end game statistics do not match up with the performances we were given throughout the majority of the game; as the Cavaliers were able to utterly dominate the Celtics in the paint scoring heavily in there.

What is clear is Boston has quite a ways to go before they can compete let alone beat the Cavaliers who are getting stronger and stronger as they now find themselves just two wins away from a return trip to the NBA Finals and a shot at repeating as NBA champions.

With both teams going to their benches early in the fourth quarter, the only suspense was whether the Celtics could avoid their worst playoff loss ever. Boston trailed 72-31 at the half.

Unlike Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard, LeBron didn't spend every bit of his precious energy on the 82-game grind.

"As good as we've been", LeBron said, "we have another level".

To make it tougher for Boston, James had help and the Cavaliers hit 28 of their first 45 shots and coasted, doing so in a game where Kyrie Irving, who usually kills the Celtics, scored just 11 points.

Thomas was lost to a right hip strain at halftime.

Thomas finished with just a pair of free throws, missing all six shots from the field; he also had six assists.

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Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the star point guard had a nagging injury that he aggravated a week ago during the second-round series against Washington.

'Today I thought he looked much different in the first half. "And we when we went back to the locker room, our training staff and doctors got with him".

"My only job is to be the MVP to this team every night I play", LeBron said, before uttering a chilling reminder: "This league knows what I bring to the table".

"It's hard to take", Al Horford said. It's always the guys sitting at home who have something to say.

"I think ultimately they were terrific, we were poor".

The win was the Cavs' 12th straight in the playoffs, dating back to the last three games of the finals a year ago. A 13th consecutive playoff win, tying another league record.

Cleveland won by a franchise-record 44 points, but in all honesty, this game wasn't as close as the final score.

James had 22 points in the first half, when he also collected six assists and blocked three shots, including a chase-down rejection of Avery Bradley that was reminiscent of the one against Andre Iguodala in Game 7 of the National Basketball Association final. He is averaging 34.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.1 assists in the playoffs, shooting 56.9 percent from the floor and 45.8 percent from 3-point range.

Cavs send Celtics to record loss, 130-86, lead series 2-0