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Relive Thursday’s Best: LeBron Puts Skills On Display, Love Soars And Smart Gets Nasty

Relive Thursday’s Best: LeBron Puts Skills On Display, Love Soars And Smart Gets Nasty NBA Playoffs

The highly anticipated Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals came hot on the heels of a Western Conference Finals Game 2 blowout by the Golden State Warriors and the Cavaliers looked to replicate the Warriors’ performance in much the same way. LeBron James has been exemplary in these playoffs, and together with Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson, the trio just helped the Cavs dominate the Celtics. The Celtics had their moments, but the result was never really in doubt as the Cavaliers had their foot on the gas the entire game. In case you missed out, here are the day’s best from Game 1:

Ok. So let’s just start with how spectacular and dominant the Cavaliers have been in these playoffs. The only team that have kept up with them are the Warriors out in the West.

 


The Cavaliers have been deadly with their small ball lineup against the Celtics in the regular season. Game 1 was not very different, with Love and LeBron combining to punish the Celtics for 70 points. Would you like to know the last pair of teammates to score more than 30 against Celtics in the playoffs? The Lakers’ legendary duo of Jerry West and Elgin Baylor in 1966.

WATCH: LeBron and Love combined to score 70 and decimate the Celtics


What is fascinating is the fact that we might be seeing the most dominant playoff version of LeBron. Free from the baggage of having to lead his home team to a first ever title, LeBron has played in these playoffs like a man possessed. He’s 32-years-old and in his 14th NBA season. And today James reached yet another historic milestone.

 


The Boston Celtics did try to make a game of it late, going on a 15-4 run in the last five minutes of the third quarter. They capped off that run with this vicious putback jam by the tenacious Marcus Smart.

WATCH: Marcus Smart with the mighty putback slam


There was one man running that show in Game 1 and his name was LeBron James. At the pace he’s going, LeBron could end his 2017 Playoffs run as the player with the second-highest number of 30+ point games versus the Celtics. He’s currently at number four on that list with 17. And it’s not about volume scoring for James either. He’s on an elite list of efficient scorers in the playoffs, too. You’d expect nothing less from a perfectionist like LeBron.

 

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