Cavaliers avoid elimination, force a Game 7 against the Celtics: 3 takeaways

Cavaliers avoid elimination, force a Game 7 against the Celtics: 3 takeaways

But after playing all 48 minutes in his 100th game of the season, punctuating one of the greatest series a player has ever had with 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, he sure looks capable of more.

And so LeBron James and the Cavaliers are headed to the NBA Finals to play either the Houston Rockets with their two superstars or the Golden State Warriors with their two-plus superstars.

I can't wait to see if James can beat Boston at home, where the Celtics are 10-0 in the postseason.

George Hill enjoyed his best game of the series for the Cavaliers with 20 points, while reserve Jeff Green chipped in 14 and Larry Nance hit for 10 points.

Earlier in the playoffs, LeBron James said, "Game 7, I always said are the two greatest words in sports". A CliffsNotes version of the first quarter: Smith clanked a jumper off the side of the backboard, Love clunked heads with Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown (15 points) nearly outscored Cleveland by himself as Boston opened a 25-20 lead.

"Greatness", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said simply of James.

James, who entered with an NBA-record Game 7 average of 34.9 points, improved to 6-2 lifetime in Game 7s.

James, who didn't take his first rest until 57.3 seconds remained in the third quarter, didn't let that happen.

Game 5 is Wednesday night at TD Center.

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Cleveland led by as many as 16 in the third quarter, but the advantage was down to seven with 2:47 to play when James unleased back-to-back three-pointers and converted a layup to push the Cavs lead back to 109-96.

"The love of the game", James said, explaining his reaction.

Because they have the best basketball player on the planet, and far and away the best player in this series.

"I think we've played now until May 25th and May 27th the last two years, and we started on September 25th", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

Love, who missed a game in March with concussion symptoms, banged heads with Tatum and dropped to the court in the first quarter.

Horford said of James' overall performance, "It's one of those things that I've got to tip my hat off to him". "But I think whoever can buckle down and get stops consecutively and create opportunities with their defense is going to win or have a chance at winning games".

He is too big for any of the Celtics' guards, too quick for any of their bigs and too experienced for Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum to muster much opposition. And the home team has won every game in this series. James has scored at least 40 in five of those wins. "You've got to find a way, whatever it takes".

In a closeout game six, you better believe he is going to bring something special, because he has never been anything short of spectacular in closeout games.

Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart combined for 20 points off the bench on 7-for-17 from the field and 3-for-7 from deep. Making his first begin because the first-round opener towards Indiana, Inexperienced scored 19 factors and added eight rebounds - the star of James' starless supporting forged.

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