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Boston Celtics Goes Up 2-0 On The Cavaliers At The TD Garden

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Courtesy Of The Boston Celtics Communications

Boston, MA– When either Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum finds their groove, it typically spells good fortune for the Boston Celtics. This postseason, however, it’s not just about their individual brilliance but also about the opportunities they create for Derrick White beyond the arc, adding a fresh dimension to a team already considered the one to beat in the East.

Brown erupted for 32 points, while White showcased his sharpshooting prowess with seven 3-pointers en route to 25 points, powering the Celtics to a commanding 120-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Tuesday night.

Tatum contributed 18 points and 11 rebounds, providing crucial support as the Celtics surged ahead in the second half.

“It feels good. The most important thing is to secure the win,” White remarked. “Scoring zero or whatever points doesn’t matter to me when we’re winning. As long as I contribute to the team’s success, I’m satisfied.”

While the Cavaliers struggled from deep, going 11 of 42 from beyond the arc, Boston’s efficiency from long range proved pivotal, connecting on 18 of 46 attempts.

With a 15-point cushion heading into the fourth quarter, the Celtics extended their lead with a 10-2 run at the start of the final period, firmly asserting control.

In a moment reminiscent of Stephen Curry’s finesse, Brown’s confident stroke from the top of the key highlighted his dominant performance. “I had it rolling tonight,” Brown said. “It’s about making the right plays, reading the game correctly, and playing with confidence.”

The attention on Brown and Tatum has created ample opportunities for White throughout the season. His postseason surge includes a record-breaking 28 3-pointers over a six-game span, underscoring his importance to the Celtics’ success.

Donovan Mitchell led the charge for the Cavaliers with 33 points and six assists, becoming only the fourth player in NBA history to score 30 or more points in six consecutive playoff series openers.

Despite Mitchell’s heroics, Cleveland couldn’t overcome Boston’s balanced attack. White, continuing his stellar form from the first round against the Miami Heat, propelled the Celtics to a commanding Game 1 victory.

Both teams were without their starting centers, with Cleveland’s Jarrett Allen sidelined due to a bruised rib injury and Boston’s Kristaps Porzingis nursing a strained right calf.

The top-seeded Celtics, benefiting from an extended break after dispatching the Heat swiftly in the first round, displayed their refreshed form with a dominant start, setting the tone for a convincing win.

Game 2 is slated for Thursday night in Boston, with the Celtics aiming to maintain their momentum and the Cavaliers seeking a response to avoid falling into a deeper series deficit.