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LeBron, Love help Cavs rout Celtics 117-104

Published:Thursday | May 18, 2017 | 4:30 PM
Lebron James


So much for the Cavaliers being rusty.

LeBron James embarrassed every defender Boston threw at him, and Cleveland picked up where they left off following a long layoff, rolling to a 117-104 victory on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

James had 38 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.

Kevin Love added a play-off career-high 32 points and had 12 rebounds to help the Cavaliers improve to 9-0 in the first three rounds of the playoffs. They opened 10-0 last season en route to their first NBA title.

"It was our two bigs that set the tone Kev and Double-T (Tristan Thompson). They were phenomenal," James said. "I saw it in Kev this morning. I knew what type of game he was going to have. So he came through for us."

But there's no denying it has started with James, who has scored at least 35 points in five straight games.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said James's efficiency continues to make things easier for everyone on both ends.

"He's playing at a high level. And that's the reason why we're riding him so much," Lue said. "When LeBron's playing at that level, other guys just have to be solid, and we have a good chance to win."

Game 2 is tonight in Boston.