By Mariquita Pangilinan
Boston Celtics overcame a double-digit deficit and emerged with a gritty 107-94 Win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Tuesday's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.
The Celtics will have three days to sit on a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 is Saturday in Cleveland.
NBA teams that win the first two games of a best-of-seven series have gone on to win their series 95 percent of the time.
James has trailed 2-0 six times in his career and has come back to win twice -- the 2016 NBA Finals against the Warriors and the 2007 conference finals against the Pistons, per ESPN Stats & Information research.
Jaylen Brown scored a team-high 23 points, and Al Horford had 15 points and 10 rebounds. James finished with a triple-double, scoring 42 points on 16-of-29 shooting, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out 12 assists.
James suffered a strain neck, retreated to the locker room with 3:50 remaining in the second quarter after he collided with Boston's Jayson Tatum and was fouled.
"It was a tough collision," Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "Knocked his head sideways. Of course, he came back; but when he came back, I don't think he had the same punch that he had before he left as far as attacking the basket, playing with that force and power we talked about at shootaround. We'll see how he feels."
Despite the injury, LeBron James, who recorded his third triple double of the 2018 postseason with 42 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, just might be the best player on the planet.