Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (left) drives past Boston Celtics forward Terry Rozier.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (left) drives past Boston Celtics forward Terry Rozier. CJ GUNTHER

Records tumble as Cavs hand Celtics a hiding

LEBRON James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have followed up their dominant game one win in Boston with a historic first half that set up a 130-86 win in the Eastern Conference NBA finals.

James and the Cavs bludgeoned the Celtics from the opening tip, dominating on both ends of the court to quickly turn the game into a blowout.

Then, J.R. Smith added a buzzer-beating dagger to the most disrespectful half in memory.

When the dust settled, the Cavs had a 72-31 half-time lead - the biggest in NBA playoff history. The previous record was 40, set on April 26, 1987 (Pistons 76, Bullets 36).

Cavs fans were looking ahead to the NBA Finals, Celtics fans were looking ahead to the draft, and the rest of us were picking our jaws up from the floor.

James scored 30 points, Kyrie Irving had 23 points and Kevin Love notched 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs, who have now equalled an NBA record with their 13th straight playoff victory.

The Cavaliers now return home with a chance to finish off the Celtics in Cleveland in games three and hour.

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