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The Cavs and the Celtics are officially the two best teams in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have the top seed and No. 2 seed in the playoffs locked up. But after Sunday night’s game, it would seem that the Cavs are in a league of their own.
Cleveland jumped out to a 31-9 lead after the first quarter and pushed to a 30-point lead in the second quarter before destroying the Celtics 107-76. They improved their record at home to an incredible 39-1, and are now within one win of tying he 1985-86 squad for best home record (40-1).
Paul Pierce led a pitiful effort with just 14 points on 4-17 shooting. Ray Allen added five points on 2-9 shooting as the Celtics shot just 35.8% from the field and 59% from the FT line.
LeBron James finished 5-8 from long distance and scored a game-high 29 points to help the Cavs seal the win. He, along with teammates Mo Williams and Delonte West, danced, celebrated, and gloated during the fourth quarter of the rout.
“I’m always going to remember that,” Ray Allen said. “If I beat a team, as happy as I may be in victory, I’m always going to stay humble and always remember that there’s another day. We play each other too much. Those are great motivational thoughts for me.”
LeBron says his team didn’t mean any disrespect.
“We’re not trying to disrespect any team or show up any team,” James said. “We’re all professionals. If you take it as disrespectful, then you got to do something about it.”
It may not be fair to disrespect the Celtics, since the team was without Kevin Garnett and Leon Powe, but it’s hard to ignore just how inept the Celtics were on a big stage. Looking ahead now, I’d say that the Cavs have a distinct edge over the Celtics in a seven-game series. They’ve been healthy all year and are clicking on all cylinders, and with their win Sunday, became just the 14th team in NBA history to win at least 65 games.
The Celtics next play the 76ers on Tuesday.