LeBron James ties playoff career-high with 21 pt first quarter

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Boston improved to 9-0 this postseason at TD Garden.

Moments after the Celtics had claimed their first lead since 3-0, the Cavs missed a jumper. "If we win, that's all that matters". That being said, he suffered his worst performance in the playoffs by far when the Cavs fell to the Boston Celtics 108-83 on Sunday.

As for the Celtics, they are now 34-17-2 ATS and 32-21 SU this season against winning teams. "I think that's an obvious question". I'm not going to lose sleep over it.

At times during the 76ers' now concluded playoff run, they looked lost, and that's understandable.

"I expect him to have a big response", Kevin Love said Monday.

Said James: "Game 1 has always been a feel-out game for me".

"We've got to help 'Bron", he said. Cleveland waved the white flag and emptied its bench after that.

They've also gotten over reading and hearing that the Celtics would get bounced in the first round. the second round.this round.

Coming into the playoffs, Marcus Morris was separating himself as a primary scorer because of all the injuries for the Boston Celtics. Smith shoved Morris and the pair had to be separated. "The younger guys to the older guys, we think we can compete and play with anybody".

"He's our rock", Stevens said of Horford. "It was a good, hard foul". He was not available to the media, leaving it to others to speak for LeBron's no-thank-you-just-looking 15-point effort in Game 1. The Celtics turned it over just six times.

Down seven at the half, after trailing as many as 11 in the second quarter, the Celtics made their charge in the third quarter behind Rozier and a relentless Garden-faithful fueled attack.

Just as the Cavaliers rapidly rose to contender status with James on the roster, they could become a nonfactor just as quickly if the multi-time league MVP heads to Philadelphia.

That in turn kept James from creating shots for his teammates. After a James' layup, Rozier tossed in a layup to make it a 14-point game. "That's what part of the playoff series is about".

His lack of attempts around the rim is also evident in his free-throw attempt total from Game 1 (6).

While almost everything went Boston's way in the second half thanks to their hustle and grit, Cleveland struggled mightily, scoring just 39 points in the final 24 minutes.

Al Horford said Tuesday morning ahead of shootaround that the key heading into Game 2 is, "Just understanding that this is another challenge". The Celtics led his Heat 3-2 that night but never had a chance in a 45-point outburst that featured his murder face.

"We've got to be tougher. We need them to do that, we need them to be physical and set a tone early". I thought they got their hands on a lot of balls. In fact, this was the first double-double in his postseason career. That is the most in National Basketball Association postseason history. His most ridiculous shot was a turnaround, fallaway 3-pointer with Marcus Smart draped all over him that literally had courtside fans laughing in disbelief. He's known for it - especially playing against us. Our job was to keep going. "And that's what I tried to do".

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