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

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He tweeted out a simple message at the end of the game: "Boston cheering and they still down big". Despite not playing for 10 days, The King scored 38 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished seven assists.

And if the Celtics don't play any better than they did in the first half of the opener, that could be it. "One of the reasons they're great at rebounding is - their effort to the glass is great, (Kevin) Love and (Tristan) Thompson specifically - but they're also working against scrambling defenses a lot".

"I know the guy that's going to start on me", James said. "So he came through for us".

"Starting the game, LeBron really controlled the tempo, really set the tone early", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said. That being said, Stevens has to work with what he saw in game one, and Brown was the only player who elevated his play, and he did it every time he was on the court. How much better could he get?

James said as well as the Cavaliers played, they can do even better.

The Celtics fell to the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers 117-104 on Wednesday night at TD Garden in Boston.

Two bright spots for Brad Stevens, though, were Jaylen Brown and Gerald Green, who played better than anyone else despite their limited minutes. His accuracy is going to open up the floor for Thomas, who spent a majority of Wednesday night running into multiple defenders because the Celtics couldn't buy a shot from downtown.

The Cavaliers managed to keep Isaiah Thomas in check as he finished with just 17 points and 10 assists. As a team, the Celtics shot 46 percent from the field and 12 of 38 from the three-point line, but none of that matters as the Celtics came out flat and simply got steamrolled by the Cavaliers. "That's what good teams do, and we have to be ready for whatever they bring to the table". The hit us first. Cleveland may not be saying it publicly but they are looking for the most efficient path to the finals and that means a sweep. "We can't let that happen again". We expect better from the Cs in Game 2, but it's still going to take a big effort for Boston to steal a game.

"As I mentioned to [Cavs head coach] Ty [Lue] last week and throughout these playoffs, it doesn't matter to me if I'm getting five shots or 25 shots, I just want to win", said Love. "Everybody was moving the ball, passing the ball well".

The Celtics found some energy after the incident, closing the third quarter on an 11-3 run to pull to 92-75.

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