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.
"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.
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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.