Lebron's 42-point night not enough as Celtics take 2-0 series lead

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, recoils after colliding with Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, right, in front of Terry Rozier, left, during Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON — Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics withstood a 42-point night by LeBron James to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-94 on Tuesday night.

The Celtics took a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

Terry Rozier added 18 points, while Al Horford finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Boston improved to 8-0 this postseason at TD Garden. The Celtics have never blown a 2-0 series lead in the playoffs.

James added 12 assists and 10 rebounds. He scored 21 of Cleveland's 27 points in the first quarter, tying his playoff career high for points in a period. His 42 points marked his fifth 40-point game of this postseason. James had just 15 points and missed all five of his 3-point attempts in the Cavs' Game 1 loss.

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