Cavs humiliate Celtics, capture 2-0 lead

Ashish Mathur

It was close for about two minutes. After that, this was about as big of a rout as you'll ever see in a game where both teams are considered professionals.

The verdict: Cavaliers 130, host Boston Celtics 86 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Cavs now hold a 2-0 lead with the next two in Cleveland.

It's hard to envision this series ending anywhere else.

LeBron James (who else?) led the way with 30 points, Kyrie Irving scored 23 and Kevin Love 20, as the Cavs led by 41 points at halftime and shot 57 percent for the game.

The 72-31 advantage marked the largest halftime lead in playoff history. And with a 13th consecutive playoff victory, the Cavs have tied the 1988-89 Los Angeles Lakers for the all-time record.

Meanwhile, the Celtics again had no answers after getting hammered at home in Game 1. James said after the Cavs could still play better in Game 2. Somehow, he turned out to be prophetic.

Celtics star guard Isaiah Thomas was held without a field goal (o-of-6 shooting) and finished with two points. He missed the second half -- and team president Danny Ainge told Yahoo Sports that Thomas was taken to the hospital for a sore right hip.

"Stunned isn't the word I'd use," Celtics guard Avery Bradley told reporters in Boston. "I'm embarrassed."

Game 3 is Sunday night in Cleveland. James is 20-0 all time in series in which his teams hold a 2-0 advantage.