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

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, celebrates with forward LeBron James after a basket during the second quarter of Game 1 of

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, left, drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love during the second quarter

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert, right, tips the ball as Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas shoots during the second quarter of

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, left, and Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder grab hold of each other during the second quarter

Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love vie for a rebound during the first quarter of Game

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens watches from the sideline during the first quarter of Game 1 of the team's NBA basketball Eastern Con

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, left, defends Boston Celtics center Al Horford during the first quarter of Game 1 of the NBA ba

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson follows through on a dunk in front of Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) during the seco

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) follows through on a dunk in front of Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) during t

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley drives against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver (26) during the first quarter of Game 1 of the

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James shoots against Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) during the first quarter of Game 1 of t

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) prepares to shoot as Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) defends during the first quar

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James takes the floor for Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston

BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James had 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 117-104 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals.

Kevin Love added a playoff career-high 32 points and had 12 rebounds to help the Cavaliers improve to 9-0 in the first three rounds of the playoffs. They opened 10-0 last season en route to their first NBA title.

James scored at will in the first half and the Cavs built a 26-point lead. Love opened up the floor for James, burying outside jumpers and forcing Boston to leave defenders one-on-one with James.

Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder led the Celtics with 21 points each. Isaiah Thomas had 17 points. Boston missed 11 of its first 14 shots.

Game 2 is Friday night in Boston.

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