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Celtics trail by largest halftime deficit in NBA playoff history

AP Photo/Rich Schultz
(AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

The Cleveland Cavaliers are laying an epic beatdown on the Boston Celtics through the first half of Friday night’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. At halftime, the Cavaliers led the Celtics 72-31, outscoring Boston 40-13 in the second quarter.

The 41-point halftime deficit is a record for any playoff game in NBA history.

Although when shots like this are falling, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot the Celtics can do:

LeBron James finished the first half with an absurd plus-40 rating, pouring in 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting, adding six assists, three rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 23 minutes. He was joined by teammates Kevin Love, who had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Kyrie Irving, who added 14 points.

Love led the way for the Cavs’ shooting assault, knocking down four 3-pointers. Cleveland as a unit had 10 made 3s at the break, with six different players having knocked one down.

As a unit, Cleveland shot 59.1 percent from the field overall over the first 24 minutes, assisting on 16 shots and turning the ball over just five times. In contrast, Boston shot 26.8 percent from the field, committing 10 turnovers, and shooting just 3-for-14 from 3-point range.

Isaiah Thomas had six assists in his first 18 minutes, but shot 0-for-6 from the field as he has been constantly harassed by Cavaliers defenders. The team’s leading scorer is guard Avery Bradley, who has nine points on 4-for-14 shooting.

Boston is on the verge of falling in a 2-0 hole with the series shifting to Cleveland on Sunday night.

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