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

Posted May 20, 2017

Cleveland now holds a 2-0 series lead over Boston.

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

Matters didn't get any better when Isaiah Thomas was ruled out for the second half with a sprained right hip, but in truth, the Celtics' All-Star had been a non-factor. He racked up 30 points, seven assists, four boards, four steals and three blocks.

The Cavs put on a clinic against the Celtics, crushing their spirits with crisp defensive execution matched only by their offensive onslaught. Forward Kevin Love added a double-double, 21 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland. It was game over well before halftime, with the Cavs setting an National Basketball Association playoff record by holding a 72-31 lead. The Cavs have not trailed for a single second in this series. The Celtics haven't found a way, and they're running out of time.

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Cavaliers were not happy with the way they played in the third quarter of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but they made some improvements out of the halftime break in Game 2, and they were quite successful.

As he did in Game 1, James led the way for the Cavaliers in Game 2, as he scored a game-high 30 points with a 12-of-18 shooting performance.

It was the biggest playoff win ever for the Cavaliers, who now have the luxury of hosting games three and four in Cleveland.

Without Leonard, the Spurs took a 136-100 thumping in Game 2, prompting Popovich to question their belief and effort. We know what kind of person you are, be apologetic for Kawhi about what happened but you don't have to apologize for your intent on how you're guarding that play, whatever you want to call it.' So, moving on, he'll be ready, he'll be the same Zaza, confident.

The game tipped off about 15 minutes after the three finalists for NBA MVP were announced, and James wasn't among them. Or maybe LeBron James was just being LeBron James. A 13th consecutive playoff win, tying another league record.

The Cavaliers dominated from the opening tipoff. He looks so confident in everything he's doing right now, especially his outside shooting. "We're going back home, we're not going to get comfortable".

The Celtics are simply overmatched. And, oh, the Cavs beat the No. 1 seed in the East by 44 points.

The Celtics team had its heart ripped out for the second game in a row at the Boston Garden.

The final bet for this game is the Cleveland Cavaliers -8 over the Boston Celtics in Game 3 on Sunday.

The two points he scored on Friday serve as his lowest total of the season of any game he has appeared in.