Cavs star James goes to locker room after shot to jaw

Celtics withstand James' huge night

In 2008, the Cavs lost the first two games of their Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup with the Celtics, but proceeded to win each of their home games before losing Game 7 in Boston.

LeBron James took a literal shot to the jaw in Game 2 but kept right on scoring.

The Celtics claimed a 2-0 series lead over the Cavaliers with a 107-94 win in Boston on Tuesday.

Jaylen Brown scored 23 points, Terry Rozier had 18, Al Horford delivered a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds and Marcus Smart had a phenomenal effort game off the bench with 11 points.

Boston improved to 9-0 this postseason at TD Garden.

OK, this isn't meant to scare Celtics fans, but consider the success rate of teams with a 2-0 lead in the conference finals.

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"We go out there, we compete, it's Celtics basketball", said Horford.

James Harden and Chris Paul combined for 64 points in game one but it was not enough, as the Golden State Warriors came away with a 119-106 win. "If we win, that's all that matters".

Boston had six players with double-figure scoring as the topped the Cavs, despite a triple-double from LeBron James. A Jeff Green drive made it a nine-point game with 6:42 left and Smart answered with a flying put-back with 6:06 on the clock. James had just 15 points and missed all five of his 3-point attempts in the Cavs' Game 1 loss.

But it might have been the hustle of Smart near the end of the first half that gave the Celtics life after the Cavaliers led by double digits with under four minutes to play in the second quarter. "But I don't think it.it didn't affect my game after that". "He went out. I don't think Jayson was intentionally trying [to hurt James]". "They did what they had to do, and that was protect home, and now it's our time to try to do that, as well".

As expected, Tristan Thompson started in place of Kyle Korver in the hopes his presence could energize what was a sluggish Cavs offense in Game 1. The Celtics proceeded to go on a 10-2 run for a 14-point lead with 1:48 to play.

Horford then drove for a 101-89 lead with 3:38 to play and scored another basket for a 14-point lead. Of course, he came back; but when he came back, I don't think he had the same punch that he had before he left as far as attacking the basket, playing with that force and power we talked about at shootaround. Smith shoved Morris and the pair had to be separated.

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