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The Cavs went on to win 130-86 to take a 2-0 series lead.
James had 22 points in the first half, when he also collected six assists and blocked three shots, including a chase-down rejection of Avery Bradley that was reminiscent of the one against Andre Iguodala in Game 7 of the National Basketball Association final.
"It was definitely a blow", said Celtics guard Avery Bradley, about losing Thomas.
LeBron James tied Michael Jordan's playoff record with his eighth straight game of at least 30 points, scoring exactly that amount before taking a seat on the bench.
Isaiah Thomas is injured. "But to say that about a team that's 10-0 in the playoffs, about a team with the best player in the world?"
The win was the 13th straight playoff victory for the Cavaliers, who have not lost since Game 4 of last year's NBA Finals.
"It was a good 48-minute game for us on both ends of the ball".
"As well as we played tonight, we've got a couple of things we can do better". "You've got to be able to pick up the slack, certainly when other guys aren't available".
Isaiah Thomas sat out the second half of Boston's embarrassing Game 2 loss to the Cavaliers, and it's unclear if he'll be able to suit up in Sunday's Game 3 in Cleveland.
Kevin Love followed up his big series opener with 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting and 12 rebounds.
Unfortunately, all bias aside, there really was very little about this game that served positive for Boston with them being dominated by the Cavaliers in practically every field.
Contrary to their usual temperament, the Celtics seemed clearly rattled early into the game, with Thomas and Stevens giving away easy technicals half way through the 2nd quarter as well as the rest of their roster looking clearly shaken up and out of the game, already down 31 in the middle of the second, ending up as a 41 point deficit at the half, down 72 - 31, the worst ever deficit in National Basketball Association playoff history, thanks to a surreal clutch fade on the buzzer from JR Smith to seal the record.
Thomas will have additional tests Saturday and will be re-evaluated before the team determines his status for Game 3. He was scoreless, missing all six shots in the first half, but he did assist on six of his team's 11 baskets in the half.
Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 19 points on seven of 11 shooting. Then Friday, shortly before tipoff, the league released the top three finalists for MVP - which will be named at an awards show on June 26 - and James was left off a list that featured Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard. "But to me, LeBron's the MVP". The Celtics haven't found a way, and they're running out of time. I know I do. 'Defending champs. They swept us off the floor'. "I know guys in the locker room have told him, 'As best you can, block out as much of this noise as possible because it doesn't matter".
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