BOSTON – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 107-94 Game 2 win over Cleveland.
LeBron James: For most of the game, LeBron James was all that and then some for the Cavaliers. He delivered a super-sized triple-double of 42 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. However, most of James’ scoring came in the first quarter when he scored 21 points.
Jaylen Brown: While Brown didn’t dominate the scoring the way James did, there was no denying Brown’s play had a major impact on Boston taking a 2-0 series lead. He led the Celtics with 23 points on 9-for-18 shooting to go with seven rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Kevin Love: Cleveland got a really solid game from Kevin Love offensively as he tallied a double-double of 22 points on 9-for-18 shooting to go along with a game-high 15 rebounds. However, his defensive struggles – especially when having to guard Al Horford – was once again a major problem for the Cavs.
Marcus Smart: Once again, it was Marcus Smart finding a way to deliver on several levels by doing what he does well – make winning plays. He tallied a near double-double with 11 points and nine assists without a single turnover not to mention a game-high four steals.
Al Horford: The Cavaliers had no answer for Horford down the stretch. He finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds which included eight points and five rebounds in the decisive fourth quarter.
Terry Rozier: Boston’s turnaround in Game 2 began in the third quarter, and it was Rozier’s scoring that led the way. Rozier scored 18 points, 14 of which came in the third quarter which is when Boston outscored Cleveland 36-22.
J. R. Smith: Other than him and Marcus Smart getting into it after Smith fouled Al Horford with a two-hand shove to the back on a lob pass, Smith was nowhere to be found all game. He was scoreless on the night, missing all seven of his shot attempts.
George Hill: He too was a major non-factor for the Cavaliers, scoring just three points while missing three of his four field goal attempts.