J.R. Smith had himself a night in the Garden on Friday, and he carried that momentum with him all the way back to Cleveland. The Cavaliers point guard was instrumental in helping LeBron James and company wallop the Boston Celtics at home in a Game 2 that was over well before the half.
Smith got to punctuate that first half with a spectacular desperation buzzer-beater that decimated the Celtics and the Boston home crowd before they ever had a chance to sense a comeback. Not even the dirty plays Smith predicted came Cleveland’s way.
Here’s the shot, which put the biggest possible exclamation point on the first half for Cleveland.