BOSTON (CBS) — Things went from bad to worse for the Celtics on Friday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers made some NBA history at Boston’s expense in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cavaliers led 72-31 at the half — the largest halftime deficit for any team in NBA playoff history — as they cruised to an easy 130-86 victory.
The win gives the Cavs a 2-0 lead as the series shifts to Cleveland for Game 3 on Sunday night.
To make matters even worse, Boston lost their leading scorer as Isaiah Thomas sat out the second half with a hip strain. He was held without a field goal in the first half, going 0-for-6 from the floor with six assists. His status for Sunday’s Game 3 is unknown at the time.
The Cavaliers shot 26-for-44 over the first 24 minutes on Friday night, hitting 10 of their 22 three-point attempts. They went on a 31-6 run to start the second quarter, and outscored the Celtics 40-13 in the frame.
As the Cavs were hitting just about everything in the first half, the Celtics couldn’t seem to buy a bucket. Boston made just 11 shots overall on 41 attempts, and were just 3-for-14 from downtown in the first half.
Lebron James was a plus-45 for the game and finished his night with 30 points in 33 minutes. He shot 12-for-18 for his eighth straight playoff game with 30 or more points. Kyrie Irving added 23 points on 8-for-11 shooting while Kevin Love had 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Avery Bradley was Boston’s leading scorer with 13 points on 6-for-17 shooting. Al Horford was a non-factor for the second straight game, finishing with 11 points and five rebounds.