Cavs Demolish Celtics To Take Lead in Series
Lebron James scored 21 (38 for the game) points in the first quarter, outscoring the entire Celtics team, who only managed 17 in the first quarter and saw no improvement the rest of the game.
Lebron took to the court like fish to water and dominated the Celtics for the entire game, playing like the back-to-back MVP he is. Concerns over his elbow were put to rest almost instantly in last night's game. Whether this continues to be the case for James for the rest of the series, is yet to be seen.
For Cleveland fans this was a blast of blessed relief, having witnessed their beloved Cavs take a virtual hiatus from the court in the second game of the series with a stunning 104-86, loss. However, last night's game ended with the Cavs pulling away at the end, to win 124-95, which is in contrast to their loss on Monday, where they were at least able to make a run and cut the gap to under ten points. The Celtics never made a run in last night's game and were never close enough to give they or their fans even a smidgen of hope.
Also commanding the court for the Cavs, were Antawn Jamison, who scored 20 points, pulling down 12 rebounds and even aging man-mountain Shaq, showed he still had some spry left in him by putting up 12 points and 9 rebounds.
The Celtics, who only shot 43% for the game were simply dominated by the Cavs 60%, a Cavs franchise record, and the most they've ever scored in a playoff game.
Highlights for the Celtics were Kevin Garnett with 19 points (half as many as Lebron), but only 4 rebounds, and the pesky little Rajon Rondo scored 18, with a mere 5 rebounds. All in all, the Cavs controlled the Celtics in both offense and defense, with a total of 45 rebounds to the Celtics 30.
Lebron and the Cavs made it clear they refuse to go down without a fight, and we'll find out on Sunday how demoralizing the victory was for the Celtics when they square off again at Boston's TD Banknorth Garden.