James finished Game 2 with 42 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists, his third triple-double of the playoffs, but it wasn’t enough.
James opened the game by scoring 24 points on 9-for-15 shooting with four rebounds and four assists in 16 minutes.
The Celtics will have three days to sit on a 2-0 series lead. I know they lost, but can we take a second to appreciate how unbelievably good LeBron is? “We’re ready, we’re prepared and we’re hungry”.
With the series shifting to OH on Saturday for Game 3, the Celtics road to an 18th championship banner is only going to get more hard.
“They played better than us in Game One, so we look to redeem ourselves tonight”, James said.
Tempers flared with 3:49 to play with Boston leading 97-89.
The lead catalyst to Boston’s third quarter run? That or when Jeff Green blocked a Greg Monroe shot.
“I felt it was uncalled for”, Horford, describing Smith’s shove that catapulted him off the court, said.
Horford’s jump shot with 2:54 remaining pushed the Celtics’ advantage to 103-89.
If the Celtics are to be taken out of their game Tuesday, it should and would be because of James. After doing his usual act of all-around headiness all night, he scored six-straight Boston points down the stretch to kill any chance of a comeback Cleveland could muster.
The Cavaliers led 55-48 at halftime.
His momentum was stunted briefly at the 3:50 mark of the second quarter, when Jayson Tatum was whistled for a foul after catching James jaw with his shoulder as he attempted a steal.
Early on, it seemed as if this night would belong to James and the Cavaliers.
The lead was down to six, and James appeared to be locking into takeover mode, when Stevens called timeout with 4:41 left in the fourth quarter.
“But I don’t think it – it didn’t affect my game after that”, James said. “Our group, in tough times, we’ve always found a way”. “Everybody played their part in guarding him”.
Griffin served as Cleveland’s general manager until last June, when he was unable to come to a new contract agreement with team owner Dan Gilbert.
“It’s a team effort, man, it’s not just me”, Morris said after the game, as reported by ESPN.
Now, to be clear, here’s the original package the Cavs got in return for Irving: Isiah Thomas (no longer with the team), Jae Crowder (no longer with the team), Ante Zizic (you’ve probably never heard of him) and now the No. 8 pick.