Game 2 for the Celtics looked a lot like Game 1. The C’s started strong, going on a 14-3 run at one point in the first quarter, but fourth quarter rebounding issues stunted their upset bid as they fell again in Cleveland, this time by a score of 99-91.
On back-to-back possessions in crunch time, Boston allowed Cleveland to grab offensive rebounds. The first miscue was the most costly as LeBron James missed a 3-pointer but was able to score on a layup moments later, extending the Cavs’ lead to eight with just over a minute left. James had a monster fourth quarter, scoring 15 of his 30 points in the last 12 minutes.
The Celtics led Cleveland, 26-25 after one quarter but again had issues coming out of halftime as they were held to just 18 points in the third quarter. James found Kevin Love on a reverse dunk alley-oop and JR Smith drained a 3-pointer in the third quarter as Cleveland built its lead to 13 at one point.
Isaiah Thomas was once again the bright spot offensively for the Celtics, scoring 22 points off the bench.
Celtics starters Brandon Bass, Avery Bradley and Evan Turner combined for just 19 points, with none of them reaching double-digits individually.