Video: Marcus Smart jaws at J.R. Smith for dangerous foul on Al Horford
Game 2 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics was a physical contest all throughout 48 minutes, and the intensity appeared to have peaked late in the fourth quarter. After J.R. Smith’s dangerous foul on Al Horford, Marcus Smart wasn’t letting his opponent get away with the dirty play.
The Celtics center went up for a lob off a pass from Smart. But Smith was right behind Horford as he pushed the latter while in mid-air. Smart reacted to the dirty play and he went after Smith until several Cavs and Celtics players yanked him out of the scene.
It was a physical game from the get-go as the referees allowed the players to play, so to speak. Marcus Morris, Tristan Thompson, Larry Nance Jr., and Aron Baynes had their moments on the night.
Frustration got the better of Smith who went scoreless, missing all of his seven shots. The Cavs had outstanding nights from LeBron James (42 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists) and Kevin Love (22 points, 15 rebounds), but the support from their teammates was nonexistent in the second half.
Cleveland controlled the first half, but the Celtics came out of the halftime huddle with more intensity as they worked their way to a 107-94 home victory.
Boston now holds a commanding 2-0 lead in the series as both teams fly to Northeast Ohio for Game 3 on Saturday.