Before Monday night’s Game 2 matchup, LeBron James was presented with his second consecutive Most Valuable Player award. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers – other than a desperate fourth quarter run – that’s as good as things would get in Cleveland. For the second straight game, the Wine and Gold came out with very little fire. But unlike Saturday’s Game 1 win, they never really found it – falling behind by 23 points and running out of gas after a late rally came up short. When it was all said and done, the Celtics had stolen homecourt advantage from Cleveland – taking the 104-86 win on Monday night at The Q. LeBron James led both clubs with 24 points, half of which he netted during Cleveland’s fourth-quarter rally. The two-time MVP was 7-for-15 from the floor and 10-of-15 from the stripe. James added seven boards, four assists, three steals and a pair of blocked shots, but only sporadically looked like the player who accepted the hardware before Monday’s matchup. He wasn’t his usual MVP-self on that day.
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