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  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, shoots against Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown during the first half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 11:31 pm

Celtics survive 42-point night by LeBron, down Cavs 107-94

KYLE HIGHTOWER | Associated Press

BOSTON – Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics withstood a 42-point night by LeBron James to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-94 on Tuesday night and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

Terry Rozier added 18 points, while Al Horford finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Boston improved to 8-0 this postseason at TD Garden. The Celtics have never blown a 2-0 series lead in the playoffs.

James added 12 assists and 10 rebounds. He scored 21 of Cleveland's 27 points in the first quarter , tying his playoff career high for points in a period. His 42 points marked his fifth 40-point game of this postseason. James had just 15 points and missed all five of his 3-point attempts in the Cavs' Game 1 loss.