Cleveland Cavaliers have taken a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference Finals series with Boston Celtics after securing a 117-104 victory at the TD Garden on Wednesday.
The Cavs are chasing a third successive Conference title and they never looked in danger of losing the opening match of the series, claiming a wire-to-wire success that at one stage saw them lead by 26 points.
Small forward LeBron James was once again the star of the show, notching a game-high 38 points, and he believes adopting an attacking approach was key to Cleveland securing a victory in Boston.
“I think it’s the mindset that you have to have when you go on the road for a Game 1 – you can’t start the game off lax or shooting a bunch of jumpshots,” said James.
“That’s my mindset. We’ve got guys that can shoot the heck out of a ball, and obviously Kev (Love, who notched a Playoff career-high 32 points) showed that tonight.
But for myself, I have to be in attack mode and just put the pressure on the defense and see what happens.”
Cleveland will now be hoping to establish a 2-0 lead in the series when the two teams go head-to-head at the TD Garden once again on Friday, and the Cavs are still yet to lose a game in this year’s Playoffs following 4-0 successes against Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors.
Tyronn Lue’s men claimed the NBA Championship for the first time in their history last season and they are priced at 3.60 to successfully defend their title this term.