Cavs set playoff mark with 41-point lead at half – ESPN

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BOSTON — The Cleveland Cavaliers set a slate of records against the historic Boston Celtics franchise with their 130-86 Game 2 victory in the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night.

Most stunning was establishing the NBA postseason mark for largest halftime lead, stretching it to 41 points with a JR Smith basket at the buzzer to take a 72-31 advantage.

The second-seeded Cavaliers’ 44-point victory matched the fourth-largest road playoff margin in NBA history. The result also represented the widest margin of defeat for a No. 1 seed.

The Cavs scored the most points in a playoff game in franchise history and won by their largest postseason margin.

The Celtics’ loss by 44 was the franchise’s worst at home in the playoffs.

Led by LeBron James’ 30 points, the Cleveland Cavaliers, weren’t challenged by the Boston Celtics for the second straight game.

All-Star Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas missed the second half of Friday night’s loss to the Cavaliers due to a right hip strain, and his status for Game 3 is uncertain.

The MVP award is officially a three-man race between James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Kawhi Leonard. LeBron James, a four-time MVP, is not on the list.

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“It’s honestly just embarrassing,” Celtics guard Avery Bradley said.

“We got our ass kicked,” Boston rookie Jaylen Brown said. “The defending champs swept us off the floor.”

The Cavs won their 13th consecutive playoff game dating to last season, tying the Los Angeles Lakers from 1988 and 1989 for the all-time standard.

LeBron James had 30 points on 12 of 18 shooting, his ninth consecutive playoff game with at least 30 points. That ties the all-time playoff record held by Michael Jordan, who accomplished the feat twice. James also

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