After overwhelming home-standing Boston early, LeBron James punctuated his stellar night with 38 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists as his Cavaliers dealt the Celtics a frustrating 117-104 Game One setback.
While the TD Garden cleared, and James returned to an elevated yet focused locker room, when asked about his series-opening strategy, the three-time NBA Champion shared these candid post-game remarks:
“I think it’s the mindset that you have to have when you go on the road for a Game 1,” James told ESPN. “You can’t start the game off lax or shooting a bunch of jump shots. That’s my mindset. … I have to be in attack mode and just put the pressure on the defense.”
True to his word, James punished Boston on virtually every first-quarter switch, lifting his Cavs to an early 30-19 advantage while scoring 15 effortless, and forceful points.
As Cleveland parlayed this momentum to steal home-court, James extended his streak of 30+ point playoff games to seven. Overall, following a nine-day rest, the Cavs showed no signs of rust while adding a twelfth-consecutive post-season win.