21 points and 4-for-7 from the three-point line in the first quarter from LeBron James was a sure lock that the Cleveland Cavaliers had a tone set to dominate the rest of Game 2. A seven-point halftime lead was quickly erased in the second half as the Boston Celtics received a boost from Terry Rozier.
Rozier scored 14 of his 18 points in the third quarter as the Celtics built a seven-point lead going into the fourth quarter. There was no catching up for the Cavaliers in the fourth as the Celtics built their biggest lead at 15 points.
Cleveland received help from Kevin Love who scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. The starting backcourt of George Hill and J.R. Smith was disappointing shooting 1-for-11 from the field. The only other Cavalier scoring in double figures was Kyle Korver who scored 11 points on 2-for-5 shooting from the three-point line.
In Game 1 the Cavaliers shot 15-percent from the three-point line and improved that to 32-percent in Game 2. The Celtics forced 15 Cavalier turnovers.
When asked about being concerned James stated, ”I think I’ll be fine. I’m not going to lose sleep over it. You go out and when you lay everything on the line, at the end of the day, you can live with that,” he said. ”They did what they had to do, and that was protect home, and now it’s our time to try to do that, as well.”
Late in the third quarter, J.R. Smith pushed Al Horford on a layup attempt. Marcus Smart felt it was malicious and attempted to get in Smith’s face. Smith would then push Smart back as they had to be separated.
”I blatantly pushed him. It wasn’t like I was trying to low bridge him or something. Just make sure he didn’t get it,” Smith said. ”It was a good, hard foul.”
The Cavaliers will head back to Cleveland down 0-2 and have three full days to prepare. Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday at 8:30 PM EST on ABC.