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While making a play on the ball in the first half, Tatum collided with LeBron James and hit him in the face with his shoulder.

In Tuesday night's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics, James used that leadership mantle to set a new National Basketball Association record, the latest accolade in his storied career.

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

Boston entered with the same gameplan as Toronto did in the series, which was taking those shooters away and forcing LeBron to carry a large load offensively, but the Celtics have personnel better suited to that goal, with a group of young, talented defenders who stayed engaged. "We go out there, we compete". "At this point we don't care if we win by half a point".

What did matter to Thompson was how Cleveland responded to Boston's physicality overall. James finished with a triple-double, scoring 42 points on 16-of-29 shooting, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out 12 assists.

It was all LeBron James early, as he poured in 21 points in the first quarter alone.

His 42 points marked his 5th 40-point game of these playoffs.

Clay Travis thinks that this move by JR Smith was a cheap shot and has no place in the game. I'm not going to lose sleep over it.

"He went out", Smart said.

At times during the 76ers' now concluded playoff run, they looked lost, and that's understandable. The Cavs got massive contributions during the series from Kevin Love, Kyle Korver, JR Smith and Jeff Green, and then the Raptors scrambling to readjust to those guys helped again open up the floor for LeBron himself to do his damage.

But of course, as is always the case with Smart, the 11 points he scored didn't tell almost the whole story. Now, J.R.is being accused of the same thing.

Tempers flared with 3:49 to play with Boston leading 97-89. Smith shoved Morris and the pair had to be separated. We're out there to play basketball. "We're playing hard. We've got each other's backs, and that's it". Whatever it takes, every player, 1 to 15, whatever it takes, that's what we're doing.

Horford said that, if anything, Smith's infraction only sharpened the Celtics' focus. "But if there is anybody I would put my money on it would be this group", Brown said. "It wasn't like I was trying to low bridge him or something, just trying to make sure he didn't get it in".

The Celtics used a balanced attack as a half dozen players reached double figures.

Just as the Cavaliers rapidly rose to contender status with James on the roster, they could become a nonfactor just as quickly if the multi-time league MVP heads to Philadelphia.