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Cavaliers again flirt with historic playoff start

NEW YORK — LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are on the verge of making their second consecutive 10-0 start to the National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs when they face the Boston Celtics on Friday.
The defending NBA champions ripped the Celtics 117-104 in Wednesday's start of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Final series with game two Friday in Boston.
"We did a good job of coming out, throwing the first punch," said Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue.
Cleveland swept past Indiana and Toronto in the opening rounds and could match last year's 10-0 playoff start, one shy of the best in NBA history, with another road triumph.
"I have to be in attack mode and just put the pressure on the defense and see what happens," James said. "The energy and effort and mindset was where it needed to be starting on the road, especially in the Eastern Conference Finals."
James scored 38 points, grabbed nine rebounds and made seven assists against the Celtics in game one, giving him 35 or more in five consecutive games and at least 30 in seven as he raises his game the nearer he gets to reaching a seventh consecutive NBA Finals.
"He's playing at a high level right now and that's the reason why we're riding him so much," Lue said. "He's really setting the tone for us in these playoffs. We're just kind of riding it.

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