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Celtics take Game 1 of East finals, beating Cavaliers

Jaylen Brown had 23 points and eight rebounds, Marcus Morris added 21 points and 10 boards, and the Boston Celtics opened a 21-point, first-quarter lead and scorched the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-83 on Monday morning  in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.Al Horford scored 20 points for the Celtics, who ran off 17 consecutive points in the first quarter and never allowed the Cavaliers within single digits again. Boston led by 28 when Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue pulled LeBron James for good with 709 left.Game 2 is Tuesday evening.Kevin Love had 17 points and eight rebounds, and James finished with 15 points Kevin Love Jersey, nine assists and seven boards. The Cavaliers missed their first 14 3-point attempts of the game and shot just 32 percent in the first half.By that time, Boston led 61-35 � the biggest halftime playoff deficit in James career.With injured stars Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving on the bench in street clothes, the Celtics continued their stunning run this season with what may have been the most surprising turn of events yet. A year after dropping the first two games at home against Cleveland in a five-game East final, the Celtics pounced on James, and the favored Cavaliers were never really in it.The Celtics took the floor to a hype video that began with the broadcast of Hayward injury in the first quarter of the first game, at Cleveland. A variety of commentators predicted the team demise, including Hall of Famer Charles Barkley saying heir season over Cleveland Cavaliers Jerseys.s more players went down to injury, the prophesies grew even gloomier.But there the Celtics were, back in the Eastern Conference finals against the Cavaliers for the second year in a row with Hayward, Irving, Daniel Theis and Shane Larkin all injured and coach Brad Stevens down to an eight-man rotation.It was more than they needed.Game 1 ends in a 25-point win for the celtics.

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