The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics in game-one of the Eastern Conference finals 117-104. The Cavaliers take a 1-0 lead in the series. The Cavaliers have now won 12 straight playoff games. LeBron James had a game high 38 points on 14 of 24 from the field, to go along with nine rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. James has now scored 30 plus points in his last seven playoff games. Kevin Love posted a double-double and scored a playoff career high 32 points on 9 of 16 from the field, grabbed 12 rebounds, and made six three-pointers.
Tristan Thompson put up 20 points on a perfect 7 of 7 from the floor, pulled down nine rebounds, and stripped away two steals. Kyrie Irving concluded with 11 points on merely 4 of 11 from the field, and dished out six assists. Derrick Williams pitched in three points in just three minutes played off the bench.
The Cavaliers shot 48 percent from the field, and shot 35.5 percent on 11 of 31 from three-point range. The Cavaliers had a 61-39 lead at halftime. The Cavaliers came out in the first half playing with a lot of energy, and they were playing good on defense. The Cavaliers have now started 9-0 in the playoffs for the second year in a row. The Cavaliers had not played a game in the last nine days and they showed no signs of rust in this game.
Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said, “He’s playing at a high level. And that’s the reason why we’re riding him so much, When LeBron’s playing at that level other guys just have to be solid and we have a good chance to win.”
For the Celtics, Jae Crowder led the way with 21 points on 8 of 13 from the field, picked up eight rebounds, gave out five assists, and buried four three-pointers. Avery Bradley accrued 21 points on 8 of 16 from the field, and gathered four rebounds. Isaiah Thomas recorded a double-double with 17 points on 7 of 19 from the floor, and handed out 10 assists. Al Horford managed 11 points on just 4 of 11 from the field, including eight rebounds, and six assists. Gerald Green added 11 points on 4 of 6 from the field, and drained three triples off the bench.
Jalen Brown contributed 10 points on 5 of 7 from the floor, and snatched nine rebounds off the pine. Marcus Smart racked up six point on 2 of 5 from the field, dished out three assists, and stripped away two steals off the bench. The Celtics shot 46.6 percent from the field, and shot a horrid 31.6 percent on 12 of 38 behind the three-point line. The Celtics did play sloppy with 14 turnovers and they also shot just 55.6 percent on 10 of 18 from the foul line.
The Celtics did play better in the second half, but it was not enough for them to come back down 21 points at halftime. The Celtics could not get stops on defense, and they had no answer for LeBron James. The Celtics will look to even up the series in game-two tonight in Boston.