Celtics Top Punchless Cavaliers

Boston wins Game 2 handily as LeBron struggles again
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted May 8, 2008 10:07 PM CDT
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James wipes his mouth during the second quarter of Game 2.   (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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(Newser) – Paul Pierce and Ray Allen found their shooting touch. LeBron James can only hope he left his in Cleveland. Pierce scored 19 points, Kevin Garnett added 13 with 12 rebounds, and Allen broke out of a seven-quarter scoring drought with 16 points to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cavaliers 89-73.

2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. One game after going 2-for-18 from the field and missing his last six shots, including a layup to tie the game with 8.5 seconds left, James missed his first three tries and finished with 21 points on 6-for-24 shooting. This time it was contagious: The Cavaliers shot 35.6 percent in the game. (Read more 2008 NBA playoffs stories.)