The Boston Celtics are without their All-Star players Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, but don’t tell the rest of the C’s. The Celt
Jaylen Brown put on a show in first appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals. It was 21-year-old Brown who scored a team-high 23 points.
By the midway point in the opening quarter, Boston had only given up seven points. After the opening period, the Cavaliers had only scored 18 points. The second quarter went the same way, with Boston only giving up 17 points — paving the way for its offense to take off.
Brown dropped 13 points in the opening quarter, leading the Celtics to an 18-point lead after 12 minutes.
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Al Horford added 20 and Marcus Morris came alive with 21 points. Jayson Tatum overcame a quiet start to add 16 points, though it ended his Celtics rookie record of seven straight games with 20 points or more in the postseason
Kevin Love led the Cavaliers with 17 points and eight rebounds. James finished with 15 points on 5-for-16 shooting and was 0-for-5 from 3-point range.