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The Cleveland Cavaliers dominated the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals and took a 2-0 series lead.
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BOSTON – LeBron James isn’t among the three finalists for the NBA’s 2016-17 MVP award.

But, is there any doubt he’s the best basketball player in the world?

None.

James continued his playoff brilliance in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 130-86 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday night with 30 points, seven assists, four rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots.

He made 12 of his 18 shots, including 4-for-6 on three-pointers. In less than three quarters, James – and whoever else was on the court with him – outscored the Celtics by 45 points.

James scored at least 30 points in a playoff game for the eighth consecutive time, and after 10 games this postseason, he’s averaging 34.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.5 blocks and shooting 56.9% from the field and 45.8% on three-pointers.

When he’s on the court, the Cavs score 121 points per 100 possessions and allow just 101, according to NBA.com/stats.

James has put together amazing playoff runs – carried his team in a series, won games at the buzzer, dominated opponents on both ends of the floor from start to finish.

“We’ve been having this talk for a long time now, but he’s playing at an unbelievable level and he’s really setting the tone early for us in the games,” Cavs coach Ty Lue said. “When we’re getting stops defensively and we’re guarding the way we’ve been guarding, he’s able to get out in transition and get to the basket. And when he’s making his three-point shot, you’re in for a long night.”

These might be the most dominant playoffs of his career, though James won’t compare.

“I’m a guy who lives in the moment,” said…