2016-2017 NBA regular season eastern finals game 1, Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics full NBA replay (eastern conference) (scores update) May 17,2017 Wednesday night at “TD Garden” nba replay full games, result and recap today.
Cavaliers rout Celtics as LeBron James, Kevin Love combine for 70.
LeBron James embarrassed every defender Boston threw at him and Cleveland picked up where it left off following a long layoff, rolling to a 117-104 victory Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
James had 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Kevin Love added a playoff career-high 32 points and had 12 rebounds to help the Cavaliers improve to 9-0 in the first three rounds of the playoffs. They opened 10-0 last season en route to their first NBA title.
But there’s no denying it has started with James, who has scored at least 35 points in five straight games. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said James’ efficiency continues to make things easier for everyone on both ends.
James scored at will in the first half and the Cavs built a 26-point lead. Love opened up the floor for James, burying outside jumpers and forcing Boston to leave defenders one-on-one with James.
Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder led the Celtics with 21 points each. Isaiah Thomas had 17 points. Coming off a Game 7 victory over Washington on Monday night, Boston missed 11 of its first 14 shots.
The Celtics found some energy after the incident, closing the third quarter on an 11-3 run to pull to 92-75.
The Celtics couldn’t get anything working when they had the ball, held to just 35 percent from the field in the first half and 2 for 16 from beyond the arc.
Cavaliers: Since Game 5 of NBA finals, Cleveland has won a franchise-record 12 straight playoff games. … The Cavs hold a 33-4 playoff record against Eastern Conference opponents (16-3 on the road)
Celtics: Finished with 14 turnovers, and were outrebounded 32-27. … Lost at home for the first time since Game 2 of first round against Chicago.
One of the Celtics’ issues all night was not sending help when James got into one-on-one situations.
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