Sport NBA playoffs 2017: J.R. Smith buzzer-beater gives Cavs historic lead over Celtics

05:25  20 may  2017
05:25  20 may  2017 Source:   Sporting News

NBA playoffs 2017: J.R. Smith buzzer-beater gives Cavs historic lead over Celtics

  NBA playoffs 2017: J.R. Smith buzzer-beater gives Cavs historic lead over Celtics Game 2 of the Cavs-Celtics game might be the LeBron James show, but J.R. Smith found a way to stand out in what is a historic beatdown of the Celtics in Boston.With 7 seconds remaining in the first half, Cleveland had a 39-point lead, just one point fewer than the largest halftime deficit in NBA postseason history. Well, guess who found a way to turn an inconsequential buzzer-beater into a historic shot?MORE: Live updates from Game 2 © (Getty Images) Cavs' J.R. Smith You guessed right:J.R. Smith beats the half time buzzer!!! #nbaplayoffs2017#nbapanel#nba#cavaliers#DefendtheLand#celticspic.twitter.

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The Cavaliers ' series victory over the Toronto Raptors marked the sixth consecutive NBA Finals The play is similar to Chauncey Billups' half-court buzzer beater against the Nets in the 2004 playoffs With less than a minute to play , Kyrie Irving converted a 3-point shot to give the Cavaliers the lead .

Game 2 of the Cavs-Celtics game might be the LeBron James show, but J.R. Smith found a way to stand out in what is a historic beatdown of the Celtics in Boston.

With 7 seconds remaining in the first half, Cleveland had a 39-point lead, just one point fewer than the largest halftime deficit in NBA postseason history. Well, guess who found a way to turn an inconsequential buzzer-beater into a historic shot?

MORE: Live updates from Game 2

Cavs' J.R. Smith © (Getty Images) Cavs' J.R. Smith

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That shot, counted as a 2-pointer, gave Cleveland a 41-point lead at halftime and somehow made Smith stand out in a game where James and teammate Kevin Love combined for 40 points in the first half.

Smith, for his part, finished with 7 points and 6 rebounds at the half, but he definitely has the most exciting play so far.

NBA playoffs 2017: LeBron James 'focused on the present' after awful Game 3 .
The Celtics pulled the ultimate shocker over the Cavaliers Sunday when they rallied in Game 3 for a 111-108 victory. The Cavs were none too pleased, especially J.R. Smith, who said star LeBron James wasn't aggressive or confident enough during that game. © (Getty Images) J.R. Smith and LeBron James James was quick to shut down any residual feelings about his tepid performance as Cleveland practiced ahead of Tuesday's Game 4."Past it," James said, via ESPN.com. "I'm focused on Game 4. We know what we did wrong in Game 3. We know ways we can get better. I'm focused on the present, not the past.

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