Al Horford plays large role in Celtics' Game 1 win over Cavaliers

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The Cavaliers guard delivered a dirty and unsafe two-hand shove to the back of Al Horford as the Celtics forward went up for an alley-oop attempt late in the fourth quarter.

The Celtics forward shot 8-of-10 from the floor and scored 20 points with four rebounds and six assists in his team's 108-83 obliteration of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals before a boisterous sellout crowd of 18,624. It was a very risky play, and Smith was hit with a Flagrant 1 foul.

Smith pushed an airborne Horford in the lane and drew a flagrant.

"I think Marcus always makes plays at the right time", said James, who raved about Smart's ability to play multiple positions and impact the game as a creator. "You just can't allow that to keep happening". That's not the first time JR has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us. "You let a bully keep picking on you, he's going to keep picking on you until you finally stand up". His five quick points after the play helped the Celtics secure a 107-94 win and a 2-0 series lead. Shocking since he had a front-row seat for his Smith's, shall we say, "goonish" antics. But that's the one thing about the group of our guys: we have each other's backs. "We moved on to the next play and locked in even more after that".

"It was a good call". "I blatantly pushed him". "It wasn't like I was trying to lowbridge him or something to make sure he didn't get it".

"You've got to give credit to coach because he ends up making the adjustments and being able to key in on the playoffs, whichever the matchup is", said Horford.



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