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

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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?

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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: J.R. Smith thinks LeBron James lacked confidence in Cavs loss .
LeBron James had one of his worst games ever Sunday night when the Cavs lost Game 3 to the Celtics. Speaking Monday after practice, J.R. Smith made some interesting comments regarding his teammate, saying James needs to believe in himself a little more."Play confident," Smith said when asked about James' performance. "That's my only thing. People of his stature, well, there's only like three, but people like him, you gotta play confident the whole night and play aggressive. I mean, it's the Eastern Conference finals. It's not enough, for him, for what he does, for what he brings. It's not enough. He knows that.

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