East Finals: LeBron, Love Combine For 70 As Cavs Dominate In Game 1 Win Over Celtics

East Finals: LeBron, Love Combine For 70 As Cavs Dominate In Game 1 Win Over Celtics NBA Playoffs

G1: Cleveland Cavaliers 117-104 Boston Celtics

There was no rust for the Cavaliers after a nine-day layoff as LeBron James led his team to their 9th playoff win in a row in 2017 and their first win over the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden in their Eastern Conference Finals series. LeBron and Kevin Love combined for 70 points as the Cavs shot 48.1% from the field and 35.5% from three-point range to drop the Celtics. The home team conceded 14 turnovers in the loss as compared to the 8 by the Cavaliers.


It was all about LeBron in the first quarter as the Cavs’ talisman took apart the Celtics. The King scored 15 of his team’s 30 points in the first quarter and helped keep the home team to a paltry 19 points. Tristan Thompson was the other Cavs’ player to come out of the blocks early, posting 6 points and making 5 rebounds (4 offensive rebounds) in the quarter. For the Celtics, Avery Bradley recorded 9 points after the first 12 points.


The Cavs continued with their juggernaut into the second quarter with a 19-8 run to completely out-muscle the Celtics at the TD Garden. LeBron James moved to 23 points and was supported by Kevin Love (13 points) and Tristan Thompson (11 points) at the half as the Cavs extended their lead to 61-39.


The Celtics were clearly going through shooting troubles, making 35.6% of their field goals and only 45.5% FT’s at the end of the half.



Kevin Love took over for the Cavs after the third quarter began, dropping 15 points in a quarter and making it to a then game-high 31 points and 11 rebounds at the end of the third.


The Celtics ended the third on a 15-4 run to spark some hope of a comeback into their Game 1 chances.


But the Cavs did not let up and despite the Celtics cutting down a half-time lead of 22 points to 13, Game 1 was eventually taken by LeBron James and co. The King ended the night with 38 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and was followed by Kevin Love’s double-double (32 points, 12 rebounds from 56.3% shooting and 6-of-9 from beyond the arc). Tristan Thompson added 20 points and 9 rebounds from a perfect 7-of-7 shooting display.


Jae Crowder was the best overall performer for the Celtics, dropping 21 points 8 rebounds and 5 assists while Avery Bradley added 21 points and Isaiah Thomas posted a 17-point, 10-assist double-double.


Box Score

Series Score: Cavaliers lead 1-0.