While it may not have been expected, the Celtics did blow out the Cavaliers. Cleveland led 7-4, then Boston ripped off a 17-0 run, and the Cavs never threatened again. The Celtics were up 36-18 after one quarter and up 61-35 at the half.
Jaylen Brown got Boston started with 18 of his 23 points in the first half. Al Horford added 14 of 20 points before the break, while also pulling down four rebounds, handing out six assists and blocking two shots for the game.
Marcus Morris had a lot to say before the game about how he was ready to go head-to-head with LeBron James, and he scored 21 points to back that up. He was also part of a defensive effort that held James to 5-of-16 shooting from the field for just 15 points.
Overall, the Celtics shot 51.2 percent from the field, while the Cavs hit just 36 percent of their shots. Brad Stevens emptied the bench—or at least as much as he could with the Celtics so underhanded—with five minutes to play.
Kevin Love led Cleveland with 17 points, while James added 15. The Cavs’ two best offensive weapons combined to shoot just 10 of 30 for the night.
The Cavaliers were also off from behind the arc, as they missed their first 14 three-point attempts for the game and finished only 4 of 26 for the game from downtown.
Boston will look to go up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series in Game 2 on Tuesday night at 8:30 PM EST on ESPN.