Cavs charge out to largest halftime lead in NBA playoff history

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.

And it was JR Smith who put the Cavs over the edge at the very last moment.

It probably didn’t hurt that “Swish” spent time before the game practicing some even tougher shots.

The offensive explosion even drew a reaction from a Cavalier great who’s plenty familiar with battling Boston in the postseason.