LeBron James Makes History During 1st Quarter of Game 2

Smart was the backbone of the Celtics' comeback win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, a win that has Boston two games from the NBA Finals.

While the referees were consulting the replay monitor, the TD Garden crowd broke out into a loud chant of, "F-- you, JR!"

The Celtics, who overcame a double-digit deficit, have never blown a 2-0 series lead in the postseason. "Like we said before, if it's 50/50 balls, he's going to get it".

James poured in 42 points to go along with 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

His 42 points marked his 5th 40-point game of these playoffs.

"I think another high-level free agent is required". I'm not going to sit here and guarantee that Boston wins the series against the Cavs.

"He went out", Smart said. "They can't protect themselves".

For added context, the Cavs yielded only a mere five points out of the string of three deadline trades, as Jordan Clarkson was a DNP, and George Hill, Rodney Hood, and Larry Nance Jr. only mustered five points in 55 combined minutes of play, according to Tyler Conway of Bleacher Report.

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But the Cavaliers' role players - specifically Kyle Korver - started to knock down some shots in the second quarter, and the Cavs started to pull away.

But of course, as is always the case with Smart, the 11 points he scored didn't tell almost the whole story.

J.R. Smith? Zero points on 0-for-7 shooting.

Horford then drove for a 101-89 lead with 3:38 to play and scored another basket for a 14-point lead. Smith shoved Morris and the pair had to be separated.

The Celtics also engaged in some extracurricular activities after Tristan Thompson fouled Morris in the third quarter and Morris screamed in Thompson's face while both forwards were still on the floor, all of which led to the two needing to be separated.

"I mean, we just play hard", Celtics forward Al Horford said. "We moved on to the next play way and we locked in after that".

Needless to say, it was an extremely ill-advised decision by Smith, not to mention a risky play and a selfish play at that. "I blatantly pushed him", he said. It wasn't like I was trying to low bridge him or something.

Led by All-Star big man Joel Embiid and Aussie Ben Simmons, the heir apparent to his throne, the game's greatest player would be handed a shot at continuing his reign atop the National Basketball Association kingdom. Cleveland had 15 turnovers leading to 13 Boston points. And this year, the Celtics hadn't had the best of luck with guys falling after midair collisions - for instance, Gordon Hayward, lost for the season in the year's first six minutes of action. He led the team with a plus-21 rating and made #WinningPlays up and down the court, especially in the fourth quarter.


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