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Lue: Cavs must be tougher against Celtics

17 May 2018

The Cavaliers lost to the Celtics, 107-94, on Tuesday in the second game of the Eastern Conference Finals.But that's just what the scoreboard said.

Post-game, Smart said Smith's foul was "a dirty shot".

Boston improved to 9-0 this postseason at TD Garden.

At the end of the day, the Celtics did what they were supposed to - take care of their home court and the Cavs would look forward to doing the same but the 0-2 is not a small one to overcome. We see that. They're being physical.

Down seven at the half, after trailing as many as 11 in the second quarter, the Celtics made their charge in the third quarter behind Rozier and a relentless Garden-faithful fueled attack. "If we win, that's all that matters".

James poured in 42 points to go along with 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

James scored 21 in the first, while Brown answered with 14, as the Celtics played to within 27-23 after one.

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Unlike Game 1, the Celtics had to wrestle the lead back from Cleveland and they did so with a big third quarter where they outscored the Cavaliers 36-22.

"I think I'll be fine", he said. A year later, Cleveland once again fell behind the Pistons 0-2 - this time in the conference finals - before reeling off four straight wins to advance to the NBA Finals, where they faced another 0-2 deficit en route to being swept by the San Antonio Spurs.

Kevin Love had a double-double as well with 22 points and 15 rebounds.

Korver added 11 points off the bench for Cleveland.

Tempers flared with 3:49 to play with Boston leading 97-89.

So Smith drew his flagrant on a reckless pushing of Horford while he was in the air trying to receive a lead pass from Smart towards the basket.

"I felt like it was uncalled for that type of play there", Horford said. We're playing hard. We got each other's backs. "It was a good, hard foul". But it was the Cavs who were able to build a 10-point lead late in the quarter. Cleveland's starters were pulled with 1:48 left and the Cavs down 14. He turned the ball over the Cavs' first possession. But he had a willing dance partner in Brown as the pair dueled through a tense first quarter. Obviously incidental. [Tatum's] shoulder hit me right square in my jaw.

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Early on, it seemed as if this night would belong to James and the Cavaliers.

This all happened after Smart did this halfway through the quarter.

"We've got to be tougher. We have to be tougher mentally and physically".

"It was a tough collision", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. They're gooning the game up, and we gotta do the same thing.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, James now has three career playoff 40-point triple-doubles.

"You keep letting a bully pick on you, he's going to keep picking on you until you finally stand up". "And that's what I tried to do".

The Celtics finished the night shooting 43.5 percent from the field, while knocking down 10-of-31 from deep.

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Lue: Cavs must be tougher against Celtics