Despite getting punked in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals by the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics were quite confident heading into Game 2. Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas said that the Cavs weren’t the “Mon-Stars,” and rookie Jaylen Brown called LeBron James just “another guy.” And while the Celtics could clearly talk the talk, they definitely cannot walk the walk as the Cavs just absolutely dominated Boston in the first half of Game 2 on Friday.
Dominant is actually putting it mildly. The Cavs, in essence, destroyed the Celtics in the first half, heading into halftime up 72-31.
That’s not a typo, readers.
Cleveland was up by 41 points at the half in a playoff game. A playoff game that is part of a series where the winner advances to the NBA Finals.
Unsurprisingly, Cleveland’s 41-point halftime lead is the largest in NBA playoff history. The previous high is from 1987, when the Detroit Pistons led the then-Washington Bullets by 40 points.