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(Video) Cleveland Cavaliers win Game 1 against Boston Celtics, 113-100, Kyrie Irving scores 30 points in playoffs debut
The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics 99-91 in Game 2 of the First Round of the NBA Playoffs to climb to 2-0 in the series.
Early in the game Boston appeared to be preparing for a scoring frenzy against a seemingly overwhelmed Cavaliers squad as they took a 16-8 advantage following this three-point shot from Marcus Smart:
Just a short while later, the Celtics would capitalize on another Cavaliers mistake to make a second incredible three-point shot in the first half:
Despite their strong first half though, the Celtics still found themselves trailing 51-50 at the half thanks in large part to sheer domination on the part of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
James and Irving scored a combined 56 points between the two of them – 30 from LeBron and 26 from Irving – and both led the way in minutes played with 41 minutes from James and 38 from Irving. F Kevin Love and G Timofey Mozgov also contributed double-digit points apiece with 13 for Love and 16 for Mozgov.
But it was G J.R. Smith who had one of the biggest steals and dunks of the game despite only scoring 7 points on the day:
Kevin Love would answer Smith’s play with a powerful dunk of his own once the Cavaliers were firmly back in the lead.
With the Celtics trailing by just six late in the fourth quarter, the King sealed the deal and the win for the Cavs with this sensational dunk:
With the win, the Cavaliers move to 2-0 in the First Round of the Playoffs. Historically speaking, teams that start a series 2-0 have a 94% chance of winning the entire series. The Cavaliers head to Boston for Game 3 in what will likely be a tough road match.