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Raptors making Lou Williams' job easy
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Before Game 2 against the Wizards, Williams was presented with his trophy as the NBA's 6th Man of the Year. But at this rate, there won't be much for him to do, as the Raptors jumped out to a 12-2 run to start. Follow live

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Cavs climb in front after tough first half

The Celtics are making Cleveland work for every inch and every point, but LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Timofey Mozgov are each in double figures as the Cavs take a one-point lead into the intermission. Follow live

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Injury woes hit Mavs hard
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Chandler Parsons (knee) was ruled out for Dallas' Game 2 against the Rockets tonight. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said the team is "very concerned" about Parsons' health moving forward and that he could miss the remainder of the series. Devin Harris (toe) will also sit out Game 2.

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Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM

Didn't take long for Kyle Lowry to do something he couldn't in Game 1. He drew a charge off John Wall, who had no personal fouls in Game 1

Chris Forsberg @ESPNForsberg

Celtics played solid half and led by as much as 9 and … Cavs’ late surge sent hosts into halftime up 51-50.

Brad Stevens has a message for his team

"We're the more physical team," the Boston coach said on the bench during a timeout in the action. True, the Celtics have the rebounding edge. But Cleveland is ahead in points in the paint. Follow live

Black hat fits Paul Pierce just fine
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Pierce has done his fair share of talking against Toronto, but is he really a villain? "It's not that I'm a bad guy." Pierce said. "That's just the role you portray to media on the court, on the road. Everybody is booing you, no one likes you. I embrace it. It fuels me, truthfully." Follow live

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Rebounds the difference for Celtics
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Boston has 9 offensive boards and a 21-14 edge in total rebounds, and that advantage has translated to a Celtics lead that's nearing double digits and that has silenced the Cleveland crowd. Follow live

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The second quarter belongs to I.T.
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He might not be the NBA's 6th Man of the Year, but Isaiah Thomas is doing his typical spark-plug thing off the bench for Boston. He has scored or assisted on all but one Boston bucket in the second, and the Celtics are hanging tough with the Cavs. Follow live

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Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Iman Shumpert blew the layup, but Kevin Love grabbing an offensive rebound in traffic and finding Shumpert cutting is encouraging.

It's a Zeller's market in Cleveland
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Even Kendrick Perkins, the famed Dwight Howard stopper, can't slow down Tyler Zeller, who had 9 points and 4 boards in the first quarter. The Celtics ripped down 7 offensive boards in the frame and lead Kyrie Irving (9 points) and the Cavs by 1. Follow live

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Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Jared Sullinger is going to get all the open 3s he wants with Perk chasing him around the perimeter.

Amin Elhassan @AminESPN

Kyrie never posted a day in his life but he saw Thomas and decided to become Sam Cassell all of a sudden.

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

After giving up 15 offensive boards in Game 1, Celtics went first 8 minutes without one before that last Cleveland possession.

Dave McMenamin @mcten

The Cavs have 4 turnovers in the first 6 minutes of the 1st Q. LeBron has 3 of them. BOS up 16-8.

A turnover unlike any other
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Backcourt violations really aren't that common in the NBA, but it's even rarer to see one off of a player's head. LeBron James whipped a pass that nailed teammate Tristan Thompson and flew over the timeline, and it's been that kind of night for Cleveland early. Kevin Love has two fouls, and the Celtics have the lead. Follow live

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Kevin Love leads off again
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Does two games in a row make it a trend? In Game 1, Love missed the first Cavaliers shot of the night, but he drilled a triple to get things started in Game 2, and the Cavs and Celtics are off to a fast start. Follow live

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Bruce Bowen @Bowen12

Congrats @ATLHawks Coach Of the Year Bud, so proud of what you've done with that group over the past 2 years. Keep up the good work!

Kevin Love holds the key for the Cavs

It's not that Cleveland is overlooking Boston. LeBron simply knows what the Cavs need. "It's very important that Kev stays involved," James said. "For our ultimate goal, Kevin has to be in the rhythm [...] and feel like he's a part of what we're doing, which he is." Follow live

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