Live coverage of Eastern Conference Finals game two between Boston and Cleveland

Live coverage of Eastern Conference Finals game two between Boston and Cleveland

Smart, who rushed to the aid of his teammate, earned a technical along with Smith for some pushing after the play.

On the subsequent possession awarded with the flagrant, the fired-up Horford posted up Kevin Love, spun around him and dropped in a reverse layup while drawing a foul (he missed the free throw).

He had playoff lows of seven turnovers and 15 points. Now the Celtics' lead was 14, with less than three minutes left.

Before the game, on the replay board, they show all the talking hoops heads on television who wrote Boston off after injuries to Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving.

The Warriors lead the series 1-0.

The Cavaliers led for much of the first half and carried a 55-48 advantage into the main interval but Boston outscored Cleveland by 14 in the third quarter to turn their seven-point deficit into an 84-77 advantage at TD Garden.

Morris backed up every every bit of talk from before the game, and now it is James that has to figure out how to get around this defense.

"I think we're very alert to the fact that we'll get a heavyweight punch on Tuesday night", Brad Stevens said after Sunday's 108-83 blowout gave the Celtics the jump in the Eastern Conference finals.

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This wasn't one of them. Their offense pushed the attack and kept the Cleveland defenders moving, which created a lot of easy shots at the rim for them as the Cavs defense was caught making the simple errors they've made all season when forced to adjust to a malleable attack. Smith denied feeling frustrated, but the plays sure looked connected. "It's like a bully, you keep letting a bully keep picking on you, he's going to pick on you until you finally stand up". You've got to turn to defensive effort. "We can't just expect him to do everything. So for them to see that, and have that feeling like we did tonight, is huge". LeBron is coming off a game in which he scored just 15 points and his team lost by 25.

The Cavaliers didn't defend the way they'd like to, but that's been a season-long deficiency. "I try to lead them the best way I can, lead by example".

Jaylen Brown has continued his breakout postseason with 16 first half points for Boston, while Jayson Tatum had nine points in one second quarter burst, but otherwise has struggled.

"So that's a good thing to know", Lue said.

Boston is now 9-0 at home in this year's playoffs, and the fans have played a big role in that accomplishment.

By the end of the frame, James had 21 points in 11:31 and had taken just three fewer shots than he'd attempted in the series opener.

"I have zero level of concern at this stage", James said after a rare poor playoff outing. Usually, when he plays like that in a playoff game, the next night out he goes off.His 46 points in Game 2 against the Pacers last month is only the latest example."History is history; I'm a guy who lives in the moment", James said.

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