After the Cleveland Cavaliers dominated Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, it was reasonable to expect the Boston Celtics to offer some measure of resistance in Game 2 in front of their home crowd before the series shifts to Cleveland.
Resistance? This was anything but.
The Cavs immediately resumed their domination, posting 32- and 36-point quarters. After 24 minutes, the scoreboard read 72-31.
A 41-point difference.
The largest halftime difference in the history of the NBA Playoffs.
You’ve witnessed history…no NBA playoff team EVER has enjoyed a 41 point lead at the half..
— Fred McLeod (@CavsFredMcLeod) May 20, 2017
And it was JR Smith who put the Cavs over the edge at the very last moment.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) May 20, 2017
It probably didn’t hurt that “Swish” spent time before the game practicing some even tougher shots.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) May 19, 2017
The offensive explosion even drew a reaction from a Cavalier great who’s plenty familiar with battling Boston in the postseason.
— Mark Price (@Mark25Price) May 20, 2017