He almost overcame the rest of his teammates shooting 5-for-20 from the 3-point line.
Jaylen Brown scored a team-high 23 points, and Al Horford had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals series between Boston and Cleveland is scheduled for 10:30am Sunday morning AEST, 20 May 2018.
Regardless of the opinions of Bayless, Cleveland now finds itself in a 2-0 hole in the best-of-seven series.
"We got to be tougher mentally and physically", Lue said.
"I'm not going to lose sleep over it", James said. "You go out and when you lay everything on the line, at the end of the day, you can live with that", he said.
We'll have to see if this does anything to wake the Cavs up for Saturday's Game 3. There wasn't much lacking from James on Tuesday. Smart and Smith exchanged shoves and had to be separated, with each player being whistled for a technical foul. Al Horford and Marcus Morris kept up the offensive pressure, while Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum brought the hustle to keep the team's play going even after misses. Instead, the Cavaliers' second-half defense, which allowed 60 points after giving up just 48 in the first two quarters was what got Bayless' attention. "He's in the air".
"We have the opportunity go back home and take home court", James said. With scores tied at 74 with just under four minutes remaining in the quarter, you felt the remaining time left could make or break the contest.
"That's not the first time JR has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us". I think (the Celtics) are playing tougher than we are. On the night, Smith was scoreless, going 0-for-7 from the field.
Subtract Kyle Korver (11 points on 4-for-8) and tip-in Tristan Thompson (eight on 4-for-6) and that drops to 11 points on 4-for-19.
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Smith acknowledged the silliness of his foul on Horford. "It wasn't like I was trying to low bridge him or something, I just wanted to make sure he didn't get it".
"It was a good hard foul", Smith said. "I can understand why they gave me a flagrant".
Cleveland didn't find any more discipline down the stretch.
The Celtics punched the Cavaliers first and never looked back in rolling to a Game 1 rout. There were six turnovers in the fourth quarter.
After his lay-up was blocked at the rim by Jeff Green, a loose ball ensued and Cleveland center Larry Nance Jr got his hands firmly on the ball in an attempt to secure the rebound.
Despite the late collapse, James insisted the Cavs did not lost their composure.
As the referees reviewed the play, Boston fans chanted profanely at Smith, who smirked and later said the taunts didn't bother him. The Cavaliers were in control all of the first half, quieting the crowd as they held a seven point lead going into halftime.
James appeared to strain his neck in a first-half collision.
But things unraveled as the game wore on.
Boston forward Marcus Morris, who has frequently drawn the assignment of guarding LeBron James, somewhat agreed. We all expected he would. The relentless pressure and intensity of the Celtics continued to wear on the Cavs, as Boston were just kicking into gear.