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LeBron and the Cavs beat Celtics in NBA playoffs

LeBron and the Cavs beat Celtics in NBA playoffs

The Cleveland Cavaliers and star LeBron James took a solid step in defending their title by delivering a 130-86 thrashing to the Boston Celtics, one of the most humiliating losses in NBA playoff history.
LeBron scored 30 points, Kyrue Irving 23 and Kevin Love 21 and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Cavaliers won the first two games of the series for the Eastern Conference final on the road in Boston.
Cleveland could secure a ticket to its third straight final if they win both scheduled games on their home ground on Sunday and Tuesday.
James and his teammates do not know defeat this postseason, having swept the Indiana Pacers (4-0) and Toronto (4-0) in previous rounds for 10 wins in a row.
Taking into account their victories in the last three games of the 2016 finals, the Cavaliers have won their last thirteen playoff games, tying the NBA record set by the Lakers for the playoffs in 1988 and 1989.
The Celtics were overwhelmed from the first quarter, which gave up 32-18, to go into the break of the first half losing by 41 points (72-31).
Cleveland also broke the record for points scored (130) in a playoff game.
James scored 30 points or more for the eighth consecutive game, a feat that was accomplished for the first time in the playoffs since the legendary Michael Jordan did it in the 1990s with the Chicago Bulls.
James’ performance came in front of a crowd of 18,600 fans and only hours after he was snubbed as a candidate for the league’s Best Player (MVP) award.
“What can I do about it? My only job is to be MVP of this team every night; I know what I bring to the table, ”said James.
Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue disagreed with leaving James’ name off the list of three MVP nominees.
“I look at LeBron as Shaq (Shaquille O’Neal),” Lue said. “I think every year he is the MVP and you could give him the award every year if you wanted,” Lue said.
For Boston, the best were Avery Bradley, with 13 points, and the Dominican center Al Horford, with 11 cards and five rebounds.
The winner of this duel will face the winner of the Western Conference, whose final series is led by the Golden State Wariors with two wins to nil over the San Antonio Spurs.
The Warriors and Cavs have played the last two NBA Finals in 2015 and 2016, with one win per side. AFP

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