As expected, the Cavaliers have taken the first home victory in the best-of-seven series against Boston as Paul Pierce’s team got beaten by 101-93 on Saturday. Lebron James had received the MVP honors just a few hours before the game, and what could be better for him than to celebrate with an outstanding presentation (as usual) as he ended up the game with 35 points (also 7 rebounds and 7 assists) while Mo Williams finished with 20 (fourteen of those in the 3rd quarter).
The Celtics knows that in order to get a lead on the series, they need to apply themselves as best as they can in order to win at least a road game, which is exactly what they were intending for in game one, as they came to Quicken Loans Arena trying to go back to Boston for games 3 and 4 with at least a win, and by the third quarter of the match, that seem quite achievable as they were ahead in the score by 11 points, but then the Cavaliers took the lead on the match for good.
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For the Celtics, Rajon Rondo was the top scorer with 27 points and twelve assists, while his teammate Kevin Garnett ended up with 18 and ten rebounds in a game where the Celtics truly looked like that 2008 dream team for 3 quarters in a row and seem to be taking the home court advantage away from the Cavaliers, but Lebron James (who was suffering of some discomfort due to an injured right elbow), had an outstanding performance on the last two periods, and gave his team the necessary impulse to avoid a defeat at their own court.
With 1 minute remaining to play, things were 98-93, and nothing was secured for any team yet, but then a turnover against Boston allowed 20 thousand fans of the Cavaliers to celebrate a victory that seemed lost at first, but that it was possible thanks to the 12 points scored by “the closer” (nickname given to LeBron by his teammates) at the last period.
Even though Cleveland are the clear favorites to win the series, it is quite hard anticipate who the actual winner of the series will be since the Celtics are showing that they are taking the second round of the playoffs quite seriously, while the Cavaliers are certainly tired of always making it to the postseason in order to get beat up, and will play their best basketball in order to eliminate Boston in the semis.
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