Celtics run Cavs out of the building
The Boston Celtics destroyed the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals 108-83 on Sunday afternoon at the TD Garden in Massachusetts.
Nor was the game as close as the final scoreline might suggest, as Boston ran roughshod over the Cavaliers.
Without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward the Celtics still dominated in Game 1 and took a strong step forwards as they look to make the NBA Finals.
Boston is undefeated in the post-season when they take a 2-0 lead and it will be a surprise if they don't after this one-sided affair.
Marcus Morris was a surprise strong performer for the Celtics, as the 28-year-old power forward from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania had 21 points, while pulling down 10 rebounds for the double-double for the game.
Morris was also guarding LeBron James for most of the contest, as the hosts held James to only 15 points.
The 33-year-old small forward from Akron, Ohio also had seven rebounds and dished out nine assists. However, James recorded a -32 plus/minus for the game, in one of the former MVP's worst play-off games in years.
Kevin Love had the Cavaliers top points total with 17 and the UCLA alumni also had eight rebounds and three assists for the game.
Cleveland had over five days to rest for this contest after sweeping the Toronto Raptors, but it didn't appear to help as the Cavs were held to less than 20 points in three of four quarters.
Game 2 will be back at TD Garden on Tuesday evening and while obviously not a must-win for Cleveland, the Cavaliers need a much better performance or this could be a short series.
Boston are now 10/19 to win the series and are 53/20 to do so by a 4-2 scoreline, with the Celtics 5/1 to clinch a 4-1 series victory.
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