James, Love help Cavs rout Celtics 117-104 in Game 1
- Author: Julie Sanders May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 16:22
But there's no denying it has started with James, who has scored at least 35 points in five straight games. (James made his 11th straight first team.) Thomas was hounded by the Cavs in the opening game, scoring just 17 points.
The Cavaliers led by double-figures for all but two minutes and eight seconds of game action the rest of the night as they cruised to their Game 1 victory.
- So much for the layoff hurting the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James had 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Kevin Love, who hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter, scored a career-playoff-high 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, becoming the first Cav other than James with 30 points and 10 rebounds in a playoff game since Brad Daugherty in 1992. They opened 10-0 last season en route to their first National Basketball Association title. "I mean, I've seen it all.I've just got to be more aggressive, make plays, make shots, and go from there". "So he came through for us".
"He's playing at a high level right now, and that's the reason we're riding him so much".
And if the Celtics don't play any better than they did in the first half of the opener, that could be it.
He should fare better in Game 2 on Friday. May.
Coming off a 10-day break, James and Cavaliers raced to an early lead were never threatened. "You can't dig yourself a hole like that against them". On the lone one-on-one possession in which Thomas was guarded by James - in the second quarter - the Boston guard was called for a travelling violation after James cut off his driving lane, contested his awkward layup attempt and forced Thomas to catch his own shot, resulting in a turnover. Isaiah Thomas had 17 points.
Coming off a game seven victory over Washington on Monday night, Boston missed 11 of its first 14 shots. "That's what good teams do and we have to be ready for anything they bring to the table". They hit us first. They were more physical. Hardly. So much has happened in LeBron's career since that series took place, and we doubt he's still using a missed opportunity from almost a decade ago as his lone source of motivation. He came in averaging 34.4 points, 9 rebounds and 7.1 assists. We need everyone, every game. "We felt like we did a good job doing that", Love said. "Everybody was moving the ball, passing the ball well".
"I think their energy level was by far higher than ours to start the game", Crowder added. The Cavs saw an opportunity to pull away, and they did just that. Other times, he simply took defenders off the dribble or sliced through double-teams on the way to layups.