LeBron James’ triple-double not enough as Celtics take 2-0 series lead


The Boston Celtics defended their home court and took a commanding lead after topping the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-94 in game two of the Eastern Conference finals.

Not even a triple-double from Cleveland superstar LeBron James could stop the Cavaliers from falling 2-0 down in the playoff series on Tuesday.

The Cavaliers led for much of the first half and carried a 55-48 advantage into main interval but Boston outscored Cleveland by 14 in the third quarter to turn their seven-point deficit into an 84-77 advantage at TD Garden.

Boston pushed their lead to double-digits early in the fourth quarter. A jumper from James trimmed the Celtics’ lead to six with 4:42 to play but the hosts scored the next eight points to pull away for the win.

Jaylen Brown paces the @celtics Game 2 home victory with 23 PTS, 7 REB! #CUsRise #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/B9P4W1lChY

— NBA (@NBA) May 16, 2018
Jaylen Brown scored a team-high 23 points for the Celtics, while Terry Rozier finished with 18 as six different Boston players posted double-digits points.

James poured in 42 points to go along with 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Cavs team-mate Kevin Love added 22 points and 15 boards.


James bounced back from his sub-par game-one performance in a big way. He scored 21 points in the first quarter alone and finished with 42 for the game.

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Celtics guard Rozier tallied 14 points in the third quarter to help the Celtics erase their seven-point half-time deficit.


J.R. Smith had an ugly performance. He failed to score and shot 0 of seven from the field in his 27 minutes of action. Smith was also called for a flagrant foul when he pushed Al Horford in the back while he was attempting to finish an alley-oop.

Jeff Green committed five turnovers in his 28 minutes on the floor for Cleveland, finishing at minus-17 for the game.


James received an entry pass in the post, took one dribble and hit a fadeaway three-pointer over Marcus Smart with 3:39 to play in the first quarter.

LeBron James is on FIRE!

19 PTS on 7-9 shooting (4 3PM) for the King!@cavs up 25-20 in the 1st on @ESPNNBA #WhateverItTakes pic.twitter.com/252QF6RABm

— NBA (@NBA) May 16, 2018


James Harden and Chris Paul combined for 64 points in game one but it was not enough, as the Golden State Warriors came away with a 119-106 win. Kevin Durant poured in 37 points to lead Golden State while Klay Thompson added 28. The Warriors will look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead in Houston on Wednesday before heading home for game three and four.

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