Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics: Winners and losers from Game 2

LeBron James

Celtics withstand James' huge night

Up Next - After falling behind by two games in the Conference Finals on Tuesday night in Boston, the series returns to the North Coast for a pair - beginning with a Saturday night (5/19) showdown at The Q for Game 3. He eclipsed that mark in the first quarter alone in Game 2.

Rozier took over in the third quarter, scoring 14 points in the frame (his playoff career high for a single quarter), and helping the Celtics outscore the Cavs 36-22 overall, which swung the game in Boston's favor.

He returned a few minutes later and finished out the half with what the Cavaliers said was a strained neck.

After a 25-point blowout Game 1 loss, LeBron James came out red-hot, focused and determined at the start of Game 2 but at the end of the day, it didn't matter. Smart finished with 11 points and nine assists off the bench for Boston.

"The King" came out locked in and on fire, pouring in 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting in the first.

Boston's brash forward had spilled beyond the baseline while finishing a third-quarter layup through the contact of Tristan Thompson and then, sitting at the feet of Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck in a game where the score would soon be tied, Morris turned toward Thompson, who was lying next to him, and repeatedly screamed directly in his face.

But what should concern James more is that even his best punch couldn't knock out Boston on Tuesday night. "At this point we don't care if we win by half a point". Jaylen Brown led the way with 23 points and former Shaker Heights star Terry Rozier adding 18 as the Celtics' starting backcourt outscored Cleveland's tandem of George Hill and JR Smith by a combined total of 41-3.

The Cavaliers actually out-shot Boston, 46 percent to 43 percent, with each team canning 10 triples.

Jeff Green drilled a three-pointer with 42 seconds remaining in the second quarter to put the Cavaliers up 11 - 55-44 - as Boston's crowd sat silent.

"We've got to be tougher. We gotta be tougher mentally and physically". I think they're playing tougher than we are.

"We go out there, we compete, it's Celtics basketball", said Horford.

The Cavs not only won their two ensuing home games, but also Game 5 in Detroit before ultimately losing the series in seven games to the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions. They're gooning the game up, and we gotta do the same thing.

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