LeBron James briefly leaves Game 2 with neck strain

Tyronn Lue says Celtics 'gooning the game up;' Marcus Smart upset with JR Smith's flagrant

LeBron James hits game-high 42 points but Cleveland Cavaliers go down to Boston Celtics in Game 2

Boston's third-quarter surge produced decibel levels on par with that seen in the Celtics' Game 2 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in which the team overcame a 22-point deficit and later raved about the noise inside the building.

They would go onto grind out a 14-5 run to tie things up six minutes in at 66-66, before taking their first lead since the 10:38 mark in the first after a Smart three to put the C's up 72-71 with 4:34 left in the third.

In the opening stanza, the Cavaliers led for almost all of it - taking a double-digit lead in the first quarter and led by as many as 11 late in the second quarter.

"I think you can actually take a lot from the Boston Celtics", said Love.

"The King" came out locked in and on fire, pouring in 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting in the first.

Boston had no such problem with scoring distribution - with all five starters plus Marcus Smart scoring in double-figures.

Jaylen Brown scored a team-high 23 points, and Al Horford had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

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The Cavaliers actually out-shot Boston, 46 percent to 43 percent, with each team canning 10 triples. Still, he wasn't almost as impactful in the second half as the Celtics pulled away for a 107-94 win.

He buried some nice jimmies and threw down a hammer of a dunk, en route to scoring 14 of the Celtics' 36-third-quarter-points, as the C's would take an, 84-77, lead into the final quarter.

Jeff Green drilled a three-pointer with 42 seconds remaining in the second quarter to put the Cavaliers up 11 - 55-44 - as Boston's crowd sat silent.

"We're going to fight", Rozier said.

By the Numbers - 528 ... postseason boards that Kevin Love has grabbed as a Cavalier, moving him past Zydrunas Ilgauskas and into third place on the franchise's all-time Playoff rebounding list. He turned the ball over the Cavs' first possession. "Our group in tough times, we've always found a way". "He came back, but when he came back, I don't think he had the same punch that he had before he left as far as attacking the basket, playing with that force and power we talked about at shoot-around", Lue said.

"We've got to be tougher. They're gooning the game up and we've got to do the same thing". Game 3 is Saturday in Cleveland.

The Cavs not only won their two ensuing home games, but also Game 5 in Detroit before ultimately losing the series in seven games to the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions.

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