Cavaliers crush Celtics to record loss

"Defending champs, they swept us off the floor".

The Cavaliers stormed out to a 40-point lead in the first half and never looked back, as they closed out a 130-86 victory at TD Garden in Boston, which gave them a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series heading into Game 3 at Quicken Loans Arena Sunday night.

It was the biggest playoff win ever for the Cavaliers, who now have the luxury of hosting games three and four in Cleveland.

And when Thomas didn't return to the lineup with a right hip injury in the second half, the Celtics were then without their only true player who can create his own shot off the dribble. He finished with two points in 18 minutes.

Brad Stevens went with a lineup change to start Game 2 - replacing Amir Johnson with Gerald Green - but it obviously didn't make much difference, with Cleveland piling up 72 points before halftime.

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Thomas will be re-evaluated on Saturday. I don't want to put that on any one guy. "Ultimately, they were terrific. You've got to be able to pick up the slack, certainly, when other guys aren't available". Thomas and Stevens were hit with technical fouls about a minute apart in the second quarter. That was followed by another on Stevens. He assisted on six of his team's 11 baskets in the half.

Offensively, Cleveland shot 57 percent from the floor, canned 19 three-pointers, more than doubled Boston's production on the fastbreak, 24-11, and at one point led by an even 50 points.

"It was obviously just embarrassing", said Celtics guard Avery Bradley. "Isaiah brings a lot to this team, not just with his leadership but his play".

He shrugged off the idea that Cleveland might be in their head after two dominating wins.

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Cavaliers were not happy with the way they played in the third quarter of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but they made some improvements out of the halftime break in Game 2, and they were quite successful.

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Game 2 was a demonstration of the Cavaliers' complete arsenal of weapons - all clicking together as a cohesive and fine-tuned machine. "They're going to scrap, we know that", Lue said of the Celtics.

LeBron James (30), Kyrie Irving (23) and Kevin Love (21) combined to score 74 points in Game 2, 12 points shy of what the Celtics produced as an entire team. Conversely, the Cavs were 10 of 22 from 3 (45.5 percent) and 26 of 44 overall (59.1 percent).

Boston tried to fight back, scrambling to close out on defense and trying to send help to contain James on drives.

Now it's on to Cleveland for the Celtics.

The sequence that might have perfectly encapsulated the night for Boston came in the closing seconds of the first half.

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