Cavs set NBA playoff record with 41-point halftime lead on Celtics

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The Boston Celtics improved on a historically bad first half Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the East finals. But not by much. After the Cavaliers set a modern-day NBA playoff record by holding a 41-point, halftime lead, the precedents set when their 130-86 win was complete were of the franchise and niche-stat variety. The Cavaliers scored the most points, and won by the largest margin in a playoff game, in team history. Meanwhile, the Celtics' loss by 44 was their worst at home in the playoffs in team history. It also matched the fourth-largest road playoff margin in NBA history and was the widest margin of defeat for a No. 1 seed. The Cavs nearly fell short of the halftime record. JR Smith's turnaround, baseline jumper from 20 feet at the buzzer put them up 72-31 to give them the biggest lead at a half in the playoffs since the shot-clock era began in 1954-55. LeBron James...
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