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CELTICS 86 - 130 CAVS (0-2)

Non-MVP LeBron James and his Cavaliers crush Celtics in Boston

Scandalous! The Cleveland Cavaliers humiliate the Boston Celtics in the second game of the playoff breaking records as they go.
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BOSTON, MA - MAY 19: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the first half against the Boston Celtics during Game Two of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 19, 2017
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Defending NBA champions the Cleveland Cavaliers showed no mercy as they dismantled the Boston Celtics 130-86.

Record lead at a Cleveland canter

Cleveland barely raised a sweat on Friday as they took a commanding 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Cavaliers jumped out to a 32-18 lead after the first quarter, but things were just getting started. Cleveland – playing in a hostile environment on away court at TD Garden – outscored the Celtics 40-13 in the second quarter to open up a comprehensive 41-point advantage heading into the break – the largest half-time lead in playoff history.

Non-MVP LeBron shines again

LeBron James, who was not nominated for league MVP when the list came out on Friday, scored 30 points with seven assists, four rebounds and four steals.

The four-time MVP's four steals helped him pass Michael Jordan for the second-most in NBA playoff history. Kevin Love has also been nearly unstoppable at times. Love posted 21 points with 12 rebounds in just 27 minutes of action.

Boston's Thomas disappoints

Celtics All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas made about as little an impact as a player can make in a game. After missing all six of his shot attempts in the first half, he was held out of the second half with a "right hip strain", according to the team.

Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 19 points on seven of 11 shooting.

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