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Celtics Take 57-47 Lead Over Cavaliers Into Halftime

A Celtics fan cheers in the crowd.


The Boston Celtics looked all but done after the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, two home losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now, they're a half away from tying up the series.

The Celtics lead the Cavs 57-47 at halftime, thanks in part to some serious foul trouble for Cavs superstar LeBron James. The King picked up his fourth foul with over six minutes left in the second quarter, after barreling into guard Terry Rozier in the lane.

James has 10 points, but he was confined to the bench for much of the second quarter due to foul trouble. Kyrie Irving had a strong first half offensively, scoring 18 points, but it wasn't enough for Cleveland to keep pace with Boston. Game three hero Avery Bradley, who hit the dramatic game winner on Sunday, and forward Jae Crowder each have 13 points to lead the C's.

Boston has a long way to go to lock this game up, but this is a stark turnaround from the first two games in Boston, and it all comes without Isaiah Thomas, who has been ruled out for the rest of the playoffs.

We still aren't betting against a Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals, but for those who've complained about the playoffs thus far, the Eastern Conference Finals have all of a sudden gotten pretty interesting.