CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Cavaliers lost to the Celtics, 107-94, on Tuesday in the second game of the Eastern Conference Finals.
But that's just what the scoreboard said. Here are the real winners and losers from Game 2:
LeBron James scored 21 points in the first quarter and finished with a 42-point triple-double. Kevin Love came alive in the second half to finish with 22 points. It didn't matter because of the rest of the Cavs, only Kyle Korver (11) managed to score more than eight points.
Meanwhile, all five Celtics starters scored in double figures, plus they got 11 points off the bench from Marcus Smart, cancelling out Korver.
LeBron James + Kevin Love = 64 pts on 25-for-47 shooting. All other 7 Cavs players who got in the game = 27 pts on 11-for-31 shooting.
The Celtics took a balanced approach, having a different leading scorer in all 4 quarters of the game pic.twitter.com/PcHsL0yJ4A
James' turn-around 3-pointer
This shot is a winner all day, every day.
Didn't even hit rim [?] pic.twitter.com/E5lxv7cOvc
Say what you want about the Cavs' effort and heart on Tuesday (and a lot of folks did), Larry Nance Jr. displayed both on this play.
PLAYOFF BASKETBALL [?] pic.twitter.com/S2C56g1eKK
Jordan Clarkson was a DNP-CD, Cedi Osman played two minutes, Rodney Hood was a -7 in 11 minutes and Dwyane Wade was at home tweeting about the game on his couch because the Cavs wanted to clear up playing time for those three guys.
(Sigh) The Cavs' third quarter
Stop us if you've heard this one before ...
Too late. The Cavs were outscored 36-22 in the third, turning their eight-point halftime lead into a seven-point deficit entering the fourth. They never recovered.
The Cavaliers led 61-52 with 10:00 left in the 3rd quarter. Since then, the Celtics have outscored them 36-16
Starters George Hill and J.R. Smith combined for three points in 60 minutes on Tuesday. Smith was 0-for-7 shooting (0-4 on 3-pointers) and committed a flagrant foul in the fourth quarter.
Jaylen Brown is torching JR tonight, 20-0
Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown have a combined 33 points tonight: counterparts George Hill and JR smith have 3. JR's 0-of-6 shooting
JR Smith not hot & ready tonight, folks. On either end of the floor.
George Hill and JR Smith have scored THREE points in a combined 53 minutes tonight... Whew.... Brutal
On the other side, Boston got 23 points from Jaylen Brown and 18 from Terry Rozier.
Scary Terry takes flight! [?] #NBAPlayoffs | #CUsRise pic.twitter.com/1avTWtrEZI
Al [?]Jaylen [?] pic.twitter.com/1myCLkAvbj
The Cavs' odds
Here's a stat: teams that win the first two games at home in a best-of-seven series go on to win the series 95% of the time.
All-time results for the Celtics when leading 2-0 in a 7-game series: