The Cleveland Cavaliers lost game 2 in the 2010 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals at home against the Boston Celtics, 104-86.
Cleveland beat Boston in game one on Saturday, 101-93, the Cavaliers shooting 48.7 percent from the field and forcing 16 Celtics turnovers. The 2010 NBA MVP LeBron James scored a game high 35 points along with seven rebounds and seven assists.
This was not the case Monday however, with the Cavaliers shooting only 31.3 percent from the field, while the Celtics shot an impressive 58.8 percent. Boston lead by as much as 25 points in the fourth quarter. Rajon Rondo tied a team playoff record with 19 assists and Ray Allen scored 22 points.
“We did everything we set out to do,” Ray Allen said. “We’ve talked all year about closing out games. When we do that, we’re pretty good.”
The Celtics got complacent with their 25-point lead and found themselves having to scramble down the stretch. Boston went nearly six minutes without scoring.
“I don’t know that we handled it very well,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “We were stuck on 91 for what felt like an hour. I kept telling our guys the clock was still moving. I kept telling them we just need one bucket. We need one guy to make a shot and it loosens back up.”
The Celtics, however, regrouped and finished with an 11-3 run. Garnett finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Paul Pierce scored 14.
LeBron James, scoring 24 points last night said,”I’m going to continue to try to be the player I am and not use this elbow as an excuse.
“I’d never use an injury as an excuse. It’s just two games. I understand the burden and the pain Cleveland fans have. I don’t feel pressure at all. I’m looking forward to Game 3.”
Cleveland Coach Mike Brown was not happy with the game and he made that very clear.
“We did not fight back until late,” a livid Brown said. “We’ve gotta decide if we’re going to take the fight to them and take these games. Nothing is going to be given to us at all. Ain’t a … damn thing going to be given to us at all in this series.
“We’ve got to fight better than what we did tonight. Coming from behind in the first game, coming from behind in the second game, that’s not good enough. That’s not good enough for me or anybody in that locker room. If we expect to win that series, we’ve gotta bring more of a sense of urgency than what we brought tonight. Plain and simple they kicked our behinds.”
Game 3 will take place Friday, May 7 in Boston.