Harden, James top All-NBA team; George, Hayward shut out

James, Love help Cavs rout Celtics 117-104 in Game 1

And Harden was the only player to be unanimously selected by a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters as a first-teamer this year, returning to that group for the third time in the last four seasons.

BOSTON (AP) - LeBron James did pretty much whatever he wanted to against the Celtics in the Cavaliers' dominating win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

We also asked how much sleep National Basketball Association writers get during the playoffs. I knew what type of game he was going to have. No matter what the Celtics did defensively or who they assigned to guard James, he had his way and finished with 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists with a large chunk of points scored at the rim off drives to the basket. The first step for Boston to try and even up this series, is to start playing at a level high enough to where they are at least competing with the Cavs.

"I've always been so impressed with [James's] mental understanding of the game", Brad Stevens said when asked if he could appreciate James's brilliance. The Warriors hold a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals and have won 10 straight themselves to begin the 2017 playoffs. Boston must find a way to slow down James while not getting eaten up by a supporting cast, which other than Kevin Love's big game, didn't produce at its usual high rate. According to NBA.com/Stats, LeBron has 56 isolation possessions under his belt this postseason, seventh most of any player in the playoffs.

Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder led the Celtics with 21 points apiece.

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Whereas the attention Thomas draws on offense is his biggest-and often only-asset, it's not quite so easy to pinpoint James's most important contribution. "That's what good teams do, and we have to be ready for whatever they bring to the table". "We felt like we did a good job doing that", Love said. "Everybody was moving the ball, passing the ball well". While Cleveland ran away with the game, Boston got in on the dunk party.

Smart and Thompson were called for a double foul on the play, but got tangled again a few minutes later.

James picked apart every defender that the Celtics threw at him in the first half.

A loss Friday would also leave Boston with the daunting proposition of having to win four out of five games to take the series - a almost impossible task against a team that since James returned to Cleveland in 2014-15 has a 33-4 playoff record against Eastern Conference opponents. Lost at home for the first time since Game 2 of first round against Chicago. The Celtics started the game shooting 1-14 from three point range.

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