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Marcus Morris backs up pre-game talk with impressive defensive performance against LeBron James

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Marcus Morris came into Game 1 confident he could slow down LeBron James and in an impressive defensive performance, he did just that, holding LeBron to his lowest scoring night in the playoffs since 2015.

"Personally, I think I'm probably the best guy defending him in the league, outside of Kawhi," Morris said ahead of Game 1 and the Celtics forward looked every part the LeBron-stopper as the King scored just 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting.

Per ESPN Stats and Info, James was guarded by Morris on 24 plays, finishing with five points on 2-6 shooting. LeBron had seven of the Cavs' nine turnovers after recording just eight total turnovers through four games against the Raptors in the second round.

While Morris' individual defense was impressive, the Celtics as a team executed their defensive plan to perfection, with the likes of Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart cutting off the passing lanes, halting penetration and contesting everything at the rim.

"It's a team effort man, it's not just me," Morris said post-game.

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"Everybody played their part in guarding him. He's [LeBron] obviously the best player in the game and you need multiple guys and team to guard him the entire game and I just think we did a great job of that."

Morris had his hands full on defense, but he was just as busy on the other end, pouring in 21 points and 10 rebounds in the win, including knocking down 3-of-4 from the three-point line.

Game 2 takes place Tuesday on ESPN.

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