Cleveland Cavaliers run riot over Boston Celtics in NBA mismatch

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving drives against Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas in game two.
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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving drives against Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas in game two.

LeBron James scored 30 points, Kevin Love had 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers steamrolled the Boston Celtics 130-86 on Friday.

In taking a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals, the Cavaliers tied an NBA record with their 13th straight playoff victory.

Cleveland led by 14 points after one quarter, by a record 41 at the half and by 46 after three.

Kyrie Irving scored 23 points for the Cavaliers, who return home with a chance to finish off the Celtics in Cleveland.

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It would be the third-straight sweep this post-season for the defending NBA champions, who also won the last three games of last year's finals.

The Celtics played the second half without Isaiah Thomas due to a strained right hip.

With both teams going to their benches early in the fourth quarter, the only suspense was whether the Celtics could avoid the worst playoff loss in franchise history.

The Orlando Magic beat them by 47 points in the first round of the 1995 post- season.

Still, it was the Celtics' worst home playoff loss.

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Thomas finished with just a pair of free throws, missing all six shots from the field; he also had six assists. Rookie Jaylen Brown scored 19 for Boston, Avery Bradley had 13 and Al Horford had 11 points and five rebounds.

 - AP

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