Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said the Celtics are 'gooning the game up'

The Boston Celtics hold a 2-0 series lead on Le Bron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers because they’re playing well beyond their years. Mandatory Credit USATSI  TBN Media Illustration

Up Next - After falling behind by two games in the Conference Finals on Tuesday night in Boston, the series returns to the North Coast for a pair - beginning with a Saturday night (5/19) showdown at The Q for Game 3.

Post-game, Smart said Smith's foul was "a dirty shot".

Jaylen Brown scored 23 points, Terry Rozier had 18, Al Horford delivered a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds and Marcus Smart had a phenomenal effort game off the bench with 11 points.

The Celtics improved to 9-0 this postseason at TD Garden, where they've routinely fed off the energy of a crowd that keeps upping its ante. The Celtics have never blown a 2-0 series lead in the playoffs.

We've seen this from LeBron James before: When the odds are against him, he plays it cool.

Turning Point - A cursory glance would tell you that the third period (and second half) were the Wine & Gold's undoing. "If we win, that's all that matters".

Boston MA USA Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson and Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris exchange words after a play during the third quarter of game two of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD
Cavs star James goes to locker room after shot to jaw

Despite the injury, James finished with a game-high 42 points as part of a triple-double, which included 10 rebounds and 12 assists. A Jeff Green drive made it a nine-point game with 6:42 left and Smart answered with a flying put-back with 6:06 on the clock.

LeBron James came out with an incredible first quarter, scoring 21 of his team's 27 points to spark an early lead for the Cavs.

In the opening stanza, the Cavaliers led for almost all of it - taking a double-digit lead in the first quarter and led by as many as 11 late in the second quarter. "But I don't think didn't affect my game after that". I'm not going to lose sleep over it. "You know, you go out and you lay everything on the line, at the end of the day, you can live with that", James said. A year later, Cleveland once again fell behind the Pistons 0-2 - this time in the conference finals - before reeling off four straight wins to advance to the NBA Finals, where they faced another 0-2 deficit en route to being swept by the San Antonio Spurs. Cavs team-mate Kevin Love added 22 points and 15 boards.

As expected, Tristan Thompson started in place of Kyle Korver in the hopes his presence could energize what was a sluggish Cavs offense in Game 1.

They would go onto grind out a 14-5 run to tie things up six minutes in at 66-66, before taking their first lead since the 10:38 mark in the first after a Smart three to put the C's up 72-71 with 4:34 left in the third.

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