For anybody who was concerned, LeBron James’ elbow is fine. James proved that he is fully healthy by erupting in the first quarter for 21 points as Cleveland jumped out to a 36-17 lead they would never relinquish.
James finished with an impressive 38 point, 8 rebound, 7 assist performance and Cleveland easily handled Boston, 124-95.
Despite home court advantage, Boston never made a serious run and Cleveland appeared to be running layup lines for most of the game. Boston lacked the intensity they brought with them on the road to Cleveland, getting outrebounded 45-30.
Offensively, Paul Pierce was once again a non-factor (11 points), but in tonight’s game Ray Allen was as unproductive as Pierce, finishing with only 7 points on 2-9 FG.
Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett led the feeble Celtics attack, with 19 points and 18 points, respectively. Rondo also added 8 assists.
With the win, Cleveland takes a 2-1 lead in the seven-game series. The series continues on Sunday at 3:30 at the TD Garden on ABC.