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

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

Sir Charles clearly had no idea how right he would be. We'll see what kind of team we are in how we respond. Boston trailed 72-31 at the half. "I think every year he's the MVP and you could give him the award every year if you wanted to". Coupled with how good they are and how well they've played, that's going to be a bad deal.

Cavaliers: James is first player with at least 30 points in eight straight playoff games since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1970. It was the first time since 2008 that LeBron won't finish in the top three.

"He's had a nagging hip injury", Stevens said. "We're going back home, we're not going to get comfortable".

'He was pretty despondent not to be able to play. "For him to have to sit was pretty hard". "But I don't want to put that on any one guy".

"I think ultimately they were terrific, we were poor". That ties the all-time playoff record held by Michael Jordan, who did it twice.

The lead was increased to 49 in the third quarter, and 50 in the fourth, before the game mercilessly ended. He racked up 23 points on 8 of 11 shooting.

The plus-46 matched Jimmy Butler's 2015 performance at Milwaukee - a stat that is tracked back only as far as 2003. "I know what I bring to the table", he said. I know I do. I'm excited about Game 3.

Following Cleveland's dominant Game 1 win, in which the Cavs led by as many as 28, James reasoned his team could play even better. I told you that.




Celtics guard Avery Bradley admitted it's not easy for a team to lose its best offensive weapon. "Point-blank, period", said Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown, who scored a team-high 19 points over 24 minutes. But Bradley was a minus-42, one shy of Draymond Green's record.

But as we got deeper into the playoffs, his 5-foot-9 frame became a bigger issue. "We didn't come out with enough energy to start the game, now two games in a row", Brown said. Here's the best player in the world on a team defending its crown as National Basketball Association champs. Green made his first two shots - both 3-pointers - but finished with six points.

The Celtics played the second half without Isaiah Thomas, who suffered a strained right hip, but the game was already out of reach.

"I look at LeBron like Shaq (Shaquille O'Neal)", said Lue.

Not only did the Cavs get the largest halftime lead in National Basketball Association postseason history (41 points), the Cavs also gave Boston its largest halftime deficit of any home game since the start of the shot clock era.

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