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James returns more “king” than ever and Cavaliers dominate Celtics

James returns more “king” than ever and Cavaliers dominate Celtics
The ten days of inactivity accumulated by his team did not prevent star forward LeBron James from returning more unstoppable than ever and leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 104-117 victory over the Boston Celtics in the first game of the season. end of the Eastern Conference of the NBA.
James outscored every defender the Celtics put him in front of him and the Cavaliers, who had swept the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors 4-0 in the previous two qualifying rounds, kept up their good rhythm and extended their mark to 9-0 in this final phase. .
In addition, with the victory at the TD Garden in Boston they regained the field advantage in the best-of-seven series.
James had 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists that made any kind of reaction impossible on the part of the Celtics, who again showed too many weaknesses in their game as a whole.
“He’s playing at a great level and that’s why we’re leaning on him so much,” Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue admitted at the end of the game.
“When LeBron (James) plays at that level, the others just have to stay strong for us to have a good chance of winning,” he added.
Power forward Kevin Love set his best record as a professional in the playoffs by recording a double-double of 32 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers.
The reigning league champions will match their 10-0 mark last season in the playoffs if they win again at TD Garden on Friday.
James scored at pleasure in the first half and the Cavaliers took a decisive 26-point lead.
Love opened spaces for James, who was inspired by the shots to the basket by scoring 14 of 24. He forced the Celtics to always put a player for the marking, which he also surpassed.
The Cavaliers power forward missed the playoffs last year due to injury.
Another tall man, center Tristan Thompson, also asserted his presence in the inside game with 20 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two ball recoveries.
The Celtics’ attack was led by guard Avery Bradley and forward Jae Crowder, with 21 points each.
But star point guard Isaiah Thomas was not decisive this time, staying at 17 points, although he did manage a double-double when he distributed 10 assists.
Nor could the Dominican center Al Horford with the tall men of the Cavaliers and his contribution of 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists was left without a prize.
“We can’t get into a hole as deep as this against them,” said Boston coach Brad Stevens after seeing his team miss 11 of the first 14 shots from the field. “If we are not focused from the beginning we will have many problems.”
The game left moments of tension when several players from both teams used excess force in the markings. The referees had extra work, but without reaching the expulsions.
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