LeBron, Love help Cavs rout Celtics 117-104 in Game 1


Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, celebrates with forward LeBron James after a basket during the second quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Cetlics, Wednesday, May 17.

The Celtics are the favorites going into Game 7 in Boston, as bet365 Sports has posted in their favor at 1.47, while the Wizards are not too far behind at 2.75.

With the Cavs leading Boston 1-0 in the eastern conference finals and the Warriors holding a 2-0 edge over the San Antonio Spurs in the west, backcourt partners Dyami Starks and Adam Doyle backed last season's finalists to continue on their merry way.

Boston Displays Another Lackadaisical 3-Point Shooting PerformanceBoston Celtics center Al Horford (42) tries to attack the rim against Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23).

BOSTON (AP) - So much for the Cavaliers being rusty.

The Boston Celtics won the top seed in the Eastern Conference to gain home-court advantage in the Conference Finals.

Kevin Love erupted for a Playoff career high 32 points (18 of which came in the third quarter).

And if the Celtics don't play any better than they did in the first half of the opener, that could be it.

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"It was our two bigs that set the tone - Kev and Double-T (Tristan Thompson), they were phenomenal", James said. I mean, they definitely showed a few bodies that was aggressive on me, but that's nothing I haven't seen this whole year. "I knew I wouldn't feel that great after the game, and I don't feel that great right now. We just gotta protect [our] home court in Game 2 and get the win".

-James marked his 7th straight game with at least 30 points.

"LeBron's been playing so well that we really haven't had the chance to feature Kevin, but we've been talking and he's been ready", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "He's playing at a high level. And that's the reason why we're riding him so much". They just happened to play better than us in Game 1.

See you Friday night in Boston for Game 2! The Cavaliers are a self-assured band that had their confidence reinforced with an easy win, but Smith insisted that being confident never leads to overconfidence in their locker room. It was a total team effort, however, most of Celtics head coach Brad Stevens' attention was on one man and that was LeBron James.

The Celtics' defense was so terrified of James driving to the hoop - as he did in the first quarter when he scored 15 points and was 7-for-7 on shots taken in the paint - that in adjusting to thwart James, they lost track of Love. Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley each had 21 points to lead the team.

17 - Points for Celtics star Isaiah Thomas.

In four regular season games against the Cavs, Thomas averaged 29.5 points per game and shot 49.2 percent from the field. "That's what good teams do and we have to be ready for anything they bring to the table". The hit us first.

For his part, Thomas said there doesn't need to be a lot of soul searching.