BOSTON, Massachusetts — Marcus Morris scored 21 points and added 10 rebounds as the Boston Celtics scored 61 first half points to take an eventual Game 1 victory in the Eastern Conference Finals over Cleveland 108-83 on Sunday.
The Celtics led by as much as 28 points before Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue sat 4-time NBA Most Valuable Player Lebron James (15 points) for good with 7:09 left.
Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and 8 rebounds, while Al Horford had 20 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists for Boston – whom used a 17 point in a run in the first quarter to put the Cavs at a disadvantage.
During that stretch, Hortford hit his first seven shots, scoring ten points. He scored eight straight, during the 17-0 run that turned a three-point deficit into a 21-7 lead.
“We just didn’t play well,” said Cavs Head Coach Tyronn Lue. “They played better than we did tonight and we understand that.”
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James added nine assists and seven boards for The Cavaliers who missed their first 14 3-point attempts of the game and shot just 32 percent in the first half.
Kevin Love had 17 points and eight rebounds.
Game 2 is Tuesday night.
Written by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post Sports (NBA)
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