JR Smith‘s turnaround, baseline jumper from 20-feet at the buzzer put the Cleveland Cavaliers up by 41 points Friday night to give them the biggest halftime lead in the NBA playoffs since the shot-clock era began in 1954-55.
Smith’s long 2-point shot game him seven points, while LeBron James scored 22, Kevin Love had 18 and Kyrie Irving 14 as the Cavs took a 72-31 lead on the Boston Celtics at the halftime of Game 2 in the Eastern Conference finals.
James scored or assisted on 38 points, had three blocks vs. the Celtics’ 2 and had as many steals as Boston with two.
Celtics star Isaiah Thomas did not make a shot in the first half, scoring two points in 17 minutes, making it only the second half all season he’s gone without a field goal. He was ruled out for the second half with a hip strain.
It was also only the second time in the shot-clock era, including the regular season, they Celtics trailed by 40-plus at halftime. The other was a 44-point halftime deficit on Nov. 23, 1967 against the Seattle SuperSonics.
Information from ESPN Stats & Information was used in this report.