Behind a stout effort from LeBron James and career playoff highs from Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson, the Cleveland Cavaliers fought their way to a 117-104 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals from TD Garden in Boston Wednesday night.
Despite a 10-day layoff since closing out the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, James, Love and Thompson combined to score 90 points, pull down 30 rebounds and steal five passes in the lopsided victory.
James led the way with 38 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals over 42 minutes. James finished the game plus-16, the second-best margin of the game. It was James’ seventh straight playoff game with at least 30 points. The last time that was accomplished was by Shaquille O’Neal during the 2002-2003 season.