C’s Dominate 2nd Half, Take 2-0 Series Lead
It was a tale of two halves, Tuesday night, with the Boston Celtics getting the last laugh in a 107-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Things started off great for the Cavs, as LeBron James took over in the first quarter, scoring 21 points over the first 12 minutes of action.
Cleveland seemingly fed off of their star's hot start, shooting 54 percent from the field in the first two quarters, taking a nine point lead into the break.
That's when everything changed.
In the second half, the C's took over, jumping out early into the third quarter
Led by guard Terry Rozier, who put in 14 of his 18 total point on the night, Boston outscored the Cavs 36-22 in the quarter, to swing a 7-point halftime deficit into a 7-point lead after three.
Boston finished off the home comeback with a dominant fourth quarter that saw Al Horford take over late, scoring eight of his 15 total points in a minute and a half stretch late in the quarter.
Simply put, the C's out-hustled, out-worked and bullied Cleveland in the second half of the game.
James did end up with a 42-point, triple-double effort on the night, but, following the 21-point first, scored that same amount over the final three quarters. With little help from his teammates, after the opening half, the superstar had no answer for the C's.
Boston, once again shared the wealth, having six different players score at least 11 points on the night.Second year stud, Jaylen Brown, led all C's with 23 points.
The series now shifts to Cleveland, with Boston in complete control, up two games to nothing.
After the first two games, one thing is for certain; it will take an effort we've never seen before for LeBron James to save his team's season and stop the big, bad Celtics.