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Celtics Brown and White Shine in Game 1 Rout Against Cavaliers, 120-95 Victory



Boston Celtics guard Jrue Holiday during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball.

When Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum are on fire, scoring lots of points and making big plays. It’s usually a sign that the Boston Celtics are going to do well in the game. Their strong performances often lead to victories for the team.
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In the playoffs, something new and exciting has been happening for the Boston Celtics. Derrick White has been getting more opportunities to shoot from beyond the 3-point line. This means that the area around the basket and the 3-point line are more open for him to take shots. This adds an extra dimension to the team, which was already considered the top team in the Eastern Conference.

In Tuesday night’s Game 1 of their second-round playoff series, the Boston Celtics delivered a dominating performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jaylen Brown led the charge with an impressive 32-point display, showcasing his scoring prowess.

Derrick White, on the other hand, displayed his sharpshooting ability by sinking an impressive seven 3-pointers. By contributing a total of 25 points to the Celtics’ tally. With their stellar performances, the Celtics cruised to a commanding 120-95 victory over the Cavaliers. By setting a strong tone for the rest of the series.


In the second half of the game, Jayson Tatum contributed significantly to the Boston Celtics’ victory. By finishing with 18 points and 11 rebounds. His performance helped the Celtics extend their lead and secure the win. Reflecting on his own contribution, Derrick White expressed satisfaction with the team’s success, emphasizing that winning is the ultimate priority.

White highlighted that his individual scoring output, whether it’s zero points or a high tally like the one from the game, is secondary to the team’s success. As long as the Celtics emerge victorious, White believes he’s doing his part.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell, front, grabs a rebound next to Boston Celtics guard Jrue Holiday during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 7, 2024, in Boston.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell, front, grabs a rebound next to Boston Celtics guard Jrue Holiday. During the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 7, 2024, in Boston.

In the game, the Cleveland Cavaliers attempted 42 shots from beyond the 3-point line but only managed to make 11 of them. Despite their efforts to keep up early in the game, their 3-point shooting wasn’t as effective as they had hoped.

On the other hand, the Boston Celtics demonstrated even greater efficiency from long range. They connected on 18 of their 46 attempts from beyond the arc throughout the game. This sharpshooting performance from the Celtics gave them a significant advantage and played a key role in their victory.

Boston’s strong performance allowed them to enter the fourth quarter with a comfortable 15-point lead. To extend their advantage, the Celtics began the final period with an impressive 10-2 scoring run, pushing their lead to 102-79.


During the early stages of the fourth quarter, Jaylen Brown made a remarkable play reminiscent of Golden State Warriors’ sharpshooter Stephen Curry. Brown confidently launched a 3-pointer from the top of the key and, before the ball even went through the hoop. He turned his head in a display of confidence. This display of skill and confidence exemplified the Celtics’ dominance in the game.

After his impressive performance, Jaylen Brown reflected on his stellar night, acknowledging, “I had it rolling tonight.” He emphasized the importance of making the right decisions on the court, focusing on making the right plays and reads.

Brown highlighted the significance of teamwork, stating, “Playing through your teammates and playing with confidence.” His approach to the game, prioritizing teamwork and confidence, contributed significantly to his success and the success of the Boston Celtics in the game.

The action continues with Game 2 set for Thursday night in Boston.


Throughout the season, the attention focused on Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum has resulted in numerous open opportunities for Derrick White. White’s ability to capitalize on these opportunities has been evident. He made a new record for the most 3-pointers made by a Celtics player in a six-game span during the playoffs. By totaling an impressive 28 shots from beyond the arc.

Remarkably, Boston has emerged victorious in their last 21 games whenever White has attempted at least 12 3-pointers, underscoring his importance to the team’s success.

On the opposing side, Donovan Mitchell showcased his offensive prowess for the Cleveland Cavaliers, scoring 33 points and dishing out six assists. Mitchell’s remarkable performance marked the fourth time in NBA history. That a player has scored 30 or more points in six consecutive playoff series openers. He joins an elite group of players including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Wilt Chamberlain in achieving this feat. Mitchell’s scoring ability continues to be a formidable force in the playoffs, presenting a significant challenge for opposing defenses.

Darius Garland contributed 14 points to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ effort.


Donovan Mitchell played a significant 37 minutes in the game, despite logging 45 minutes in Cleveland’s Game 7 victory in the first round against Orlando. While Mitchell’s playing time has been substantial, coach J.B. Bickerstaff recognized the need to monitor his workload carefully.

Bickerstaff acknowledged the importance of managing Mitchell’s minutes to prevent overexertion and potential fatigue. By emphasizing the need to balance his playing time to maintain his effectiveness throughout the playoffs.

Coach J.B. Bickerstaff acknowledged the importance of Donovan Mitchell’s presence on the court, emphasizing their efforts to keep him playing for as long as possible. Despite Mitchell averaging over 40 minutes per game. Bickerstaff stressed the need to avoid overburdening him, ensuring he remains effective throughout the game. Bickerstaff emphasized the balance between maximizing Mitchell’s impact and preserving his energy for crucial moments in the fourth quarter.

Donovan Mitchell expressed readiness to shoulder the scoring responsibility, understanding the significance of his role in the team’s success.


“I understand I need to score the ball,” Mitchell affirmed.

Derrick White continued his impressive scoring streak from the previous series against the Miami Heat. After posting 38 and 25 points in the final two games of the first round, White maintained his high level of performance. Which showcasing his scoring prowess once again.

In the early stages of the game, with the Cleveland Cavaliers finding success from beyond the 3-point line. Derrick White spearheaded the Boston Celtics’ offensive efforts. White showcased his long range shooting ability. By marking his third occasion this postseason of hitting at least six 3-pointers in a game.

However, both teams were without their starting centers for the matchup. Jarrett Allen of the Cleveland Cavaliers missed his fourth consecutive game. Due to a bruised rib injury sustained in the first round against Orlando. Similarly, Kristaps Porzingis of the Boston Celtics was sidelined for the second straight game with a strained right calf. These absences presented both teams with challenges in the frontcourt, requiring adjustments to their lineups and rotations.


The top-seeded Boston Celtics enjoyed an extended break after swiftly dispatching the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. Benefitting from their rest, they appeared energized from the outset of Game 1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, swiftly racing to a 12-2 lead. Jaylen Brown led the charge for the Celtics, contributing nine points to their early surge.

However, Donovan Mitchell showcased his offensive prowess for the Cavaliers, matching Boston’s intensity with eight points during a 21-9 run. This surge allowed the Cavaliers to reclaim the lead momentarily.

Boston regained composure and closed the opening period strongly, going on a 19-11 run to finish with a 40-34 lead heading into the second quarter. The first quarter witnessed a flurry of scoring, with a combined total of 74 points scored by both teams. This marked the highest scoring quarter for the Celtics in a playoff game since 1990 and the third-highest in franchise history.

At halftime, the Boston Celtics held a 59-49 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Donovan Mitchell, who had previously played alongside Derrick White on the United States’ 2019 World Cup team, expressed admiration for his former teammate’s performance. Mitchell remarked that he wasn’t surprised by White’s impressive effort, noting that White has continually added new elements to his game.

As Mitchell praised White’s versatility and selflessness, highlighting his willingness to contribute in various ways to benefit the team.

Mitchell emphasized White’s ability to impact the game beyond scoring, acknowledging his defensive contributions and his willingness to adapt to different roles as needed. Whether White scores 25 points or goes scoreless, Mitchell emphasized his value as a team player who consistently contributes to the team’s success in multiple facets of the game.