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Cavs, LeBron James return to Boston where James once had a 'defining moment' in his career

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 23, 2015

BOSTON: LeBron James has played in so many postseason games at TD Garden that he joked Thursday they should give him a bed here. That would be fitting since some of his biggest nightmares occurred here – along with some of his finest dreams coming true.

There was the 2008 ouster in a Game 7 classic here, the 2010 elimination that ended James’ time in Cleveland and finally the 2012 redemption, when James soared with 45 points and 15 rebounds in a memorable Game 6 when the Miami Heat were facing elimination.

“It was a defining moment, not only for myself but for our franchise and my teammates,” James said of that 2012 Game 6. “We was counted out by mostly everyone, and for us to come in with the performance that we had, it allowed us to go on throughout that season.”

That season ended with James’ first championship ring, but only after slaying his biggest nemesis. Now he’s back in this building on a quest for a third ring.

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Game 2 - Cavs 99, Celtics 91: Jason Lloyd's 26 final thoughts on LeBron, Kyrie and a 2-0 series lead

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 22, 2015
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CLEVELAND: Twenty-six thoughts for 26 points from Kyrie Irving in a 99-91 Game 2 victory against the Boston Celtics…

1. Every postseason series has an ebb and flow to it. What looks true in one might change drastically in another. But right now the Cavs are playing like a team that will go as far as Kyrie Irving and LeBron James take them.

2. Irving and James scored the Cavs’ final 28 points, including all 24 in the fourth quarter. It follows their terrific Game 1 performances when Irving scored 30 and James splashed numbers across the stat sheet. It’s great to have two players excelling at such a high level (particularly considering this is Irving’s first postseason adventure), but they’re going to need some help sometime soon.

MOREGame 2, Cavaliers 99, Celtics 91: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving combine for all fourth-quarter points, Cavs take 2-0 lead

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Oops: Two plays shift momentum for Cleveland Cavaliers against Boston Celtics

By George Thomas Published: April 21, 2015

Second games in a playoff series for the team who owns the 1-0 advantage, usually prove the most difficult.

If the Cleveland Cavaliers expected anything but a struggle out of the Boston Celtics in taking a 2-0 lead after a 99-91 victory at Quicken Loans Arena Tuesday, they were mistaken.

The Celtics hounded the Cavs until well into the third quarter when two plays shifted momentum and energized a crowd that was as lively as wake attendees.

The first came on an alley-oop from forward LeBron James to Kevin Love. 

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James, Irving combine for all fourth-quarter points, Cavs take 2-0 series lead over Celtics

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 21, 2015

CLEVELAND: LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined to score all 24 fourth-quarter points and the Cavaliers survived a scare from the Boston Celtics for a 99-91 victory Tuesday, giving the Cavs a 2-0 series lead in the opening round.

James scored half of his 30 points in the fourth and Irving added nine of his 26 in the fourth. James also had nine rebounds and seven assists, while Irving had five rebounds and six assists.

Center Timofey Mozgov scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds and forward Kevin Love had 13 points and six rebounds while battling foul trouble.

Boston guard Isaiah Thomas, who finished second this week in Sixth Man of the Year balloting, finished with 22 points, including 10 of 10 shooting at the free-throw line on a night the Celtics’ bench outscored the Cavs 51-7. Former Cavs center Tyler Zeller had 11 points and six rebounds, while Jared Sullinger scored 14 points and Jae Crowder scored 10, both off the bench.

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NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers defeat Celtics 99-91 to take 2-0 lead in first round series

By Michael Beaven Published: April 21, 2015

The Cavaliers starting five provided a majority of the scoring Tuesday night and led the way in a 99-91 victory over a pesky Boston Celtics squad at Quicken Loans Arena. The fourth quarter featured neither team making a significant run. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers in the fourth at both ends of the floor. Whenever the Cavs needed a basket, James and Irving were the players to go to. James finished the evening with 30 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Irving totaled 26 points, six assists and five rebounds. Timofey Mozgov (16 points) and Kevin Love (13) points also reached double figures for Cleveland. J.R. Smith added in seven points. Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 22 points and Jared Sullinger chipped in 14 points. The Celtics reserves were much better tonight, but the Cavs starting five was just too good.

Leaders

Points: LeBron James (Cavaliers) 30.

Rebounds: Evan Turner (Celtics) 12.

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NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers lead Celtics 75-68 after three quarters

By Michael Beaven Published: April 21, 2015

The Cavaliers opened the third quarter on a 17-4 run and built their largest lead of the game, 68-54 with 6:50 to go in the quarter. The spurt featured a Kevin Love two-hand reverse dunk following a pass by LeBron James who was near mid-court at 8:06 and a James two-hand dunk facing the basket off of an alley-oop pass from Kyrie Irving at 6:50. Both plays brought the sellout crowd to its feet with excitement and also brought a lot of energy to the Cavaliers players on the court. Timofey Mozgov, Irving, James and Love combined to score all of the points during the 17-4 surge. The Celtics regrouped and trimmed into the deficit as the Cavaliers led 75-68 entering the fourth quarter. Irving has 17 points after three quarters. Mozgov has 16, James has 15 and Love has 13 points. Jared Sullinger lead the Celtics with 12 points and Isaiah Thomas has 11 points.

Leaders

Points: Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers) 17.

Rebounds: Evan Turner (Celtics) 11.

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NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers lead Celtics 51-50 at halftime

By Michael Beaven Published: April 21, 2015

The Celtics came out strong in the second and built a 41-34 lead midway through the quarter. Avery Bradley and Kelly Olynyk made 3’s to cap Boston’s 15-9 run. The Celtics continued to push the tempo and rebound well, and extended their edge to 45-36 moments later. The Cavaliers put together a 15-5 spurt to close out the quarter and lead 51-50 at halftime. The run featured a Timofey Mozgov layup, a J.R. Smith steal and dunk, a Kevin Love bucket, a Smith jumper, a LeBron James layup, a Kyrie Irving 3-pointer and James converting two free throws. Boston leads Cleveland 15-4 in second chance points and 23-20 in rebounds. Irving leads the Cavaliers at halftime with 12 points. James has 11 points, five assists and four rebounds, and Mozgov has 10 points. Tyler Zeller and Isaiah Thomas each have nine points for the Celtics.

Leaders

Points: Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers) 12.

Rebounds: Evan Turner (Celtics), Tyler Zeller (Celtics) and Tristan Thompson (Cavaliers) 5 each.

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NBA Playoffs: Celtics lead Cavaliers 26-25 after one quarter

By Michael Beaven Published: April 21, 2015

The Cavaliers came out fast with a 5-1 lead courtesy of a Kevin Love 3-pointer and a Timofey Mozgov layup, but the Celtics responded to take a 16-8 lead with 5:40 to go in the quarter. Tyler Zeller and Marcus Smart combined to score 12 of Boston’s first 16 points. Love picked up his second foul at the 7:41 mark of the quarter, which didn’t help Cleveland. The Cavaliers countered with an 8-0 run to tie the score at 16-16 at 4:12. Kyrie Irving made two layups and Mozgov added two powerful dunks. Irving picked up his second foul on an offensive charge with 35.5 left that Cavaliers coach David Blatt and a sellout crowd at Quicken Loans did not agree with. The teams traded baskets and free throws for the final four minutes of the quarter and the Celtics led 26-25. LeBron James made one 3-pointer in the quarter for three points.

Leaders

Points: Tyler Zeller (Celtics) and Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers) 9 each.

Rebounds: Evan Turner (Celtics), Tyler Zeller (Celtics) and Tristan Thompson (Cavaliers) 4 each.

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Pregame: Celtics at Cavs, Game 2

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 21, 2015
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Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Quicken Loans Arena

TV: TNT, FS Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

Injury report: Cavs - Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out; Celtics - None.

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