James, Love help Cavs rout Celtics 117-104 in Game 1

1:39PlayKevin Love hit six 3-pointers and finished with 32 points

1:39PlayKevin Love hit six 3-pointers and finished with 32 points

- So much for the Cavaliers being rusty.

James, looking to advance to his seventh consecutive NBA Finals (the most since Bill Russell in the 1960s) grabbed nine rebounds and seven assists while posting his seventh consecutive 30-point game.

And if the Celtics don't play any better than they did in the first half of the opener, that could be it. I know I can impact the game whether it shows up in the stat sheet or not. "So he came through for us".

NOTES: Cleveland F LeBron James reportedly erased a white board of plays when told Boston F Kelly Olynyk had 26 points in Game 7 against Washington on Monday night.

"He's playing at a high level".

"He was aggressive", James said, adding, "Definitely, that mentality from Minnesota is what we all love". "They lace up their shoes just like us".

Coming off a 10-day break, James and Cavaliers raced to an early lead were never threatened. "You can't dig yourself a hole like that against them". Boston must find a way to slow down James while not getting eaten up by a supporting cast, which other than Kevin Love's big game, didn't produce at its usual high rate.

Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder led the Celtics with 21 points each.

Thomas hit a 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in the first half, his team's second trey in 16 first-half attempts. Boston missed 11 of its first 14 shots. They were the better team tonight. They didn't want to see us in the second round. "They're not on 'Space Jam, '" Thomas said. "We can't let that happen again". "It wasn't just me".

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics Game 2 kicks off at 8:30 p.m. This time, Smart fell to the floor during that exchange, drawing a foul on Thompson. The Celtics rallied some and actually cut their deficit to 11 with the benches cleared in the final minutes.

It was a performance reminiscent of the 6-foot-10 power forward's big-number days with the Minnesota Timberwolves, when he was the first option on offense and often the second and third as well.

Boston also seemed content to make every switch created by Cleveland screens, leading to some awkward matchups for James in the first half.

A loss on Friday would also leave the Celtics with the formidable proposition of having to win four out of five games to take the Eastern Conference Finals - a almost impossible duty against the Cavaliers that since LeBron James returned to Cleveland in 2014-15 season has a 33-4 postseason record against the Eastern Conference teams.

Or maybe Bill Murray can come help. "I always said that".

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