LeBron James leads Cleveland Cavaliers to finals with victory over Boston Celtics

LeBron James leads Cleveland Cavaliers to finals with victory over Boston Celtics

Tatum had a dunk over James with 6:41 left - and stared down the Cavaliers star and bumped him with his chest - and then followed it with a three-pointer that gave the Celtics a 72-71 lead. Just as LeBron lost his first Finals to the Spurs in 2007, or Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden fell to James' Heat five years later, future champions don't usually get it right on the first try. It took a 46-point, 11-rebound, nine-assist masterpiece from James in Cleveland on Friday just for the team to have a chance to advance.

James led the Cavaliers in the first half with 17 points and 10 rebounds but they trailed for much of the half. The Cavs won the best-of-seven series 4-3.

"The King" dropped 35 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists without taking his throne on the bench, not even for a single second in the 48-minute game. Throughout the season we saw superstars shoulder the load carry their team, deliver game winners and come through when it counted.

The Cavaliers will open the NBA Finals on Thursday on the road against either the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets.

After the game, James elaborated on his thoughts about Tatum. He declined to compare the energy he has used this season to prior ones, but it is obvious that putting this particular team on his back has been draining.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James off the court after embracing Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum following the Cavaliers' 87-79 victory in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Sunday
Cavs heading to NBA Finals after LeBron dominates Celtics

"But what I've been telling the guys throughout the playoffs, as a team we are learning".

LeBron turned on the jets in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics today, turning the series narrative completely on its head and handing Boston its first - and only - home court loss this post-season.

And it is. But as that postseason abruptly became the offseason Sunday night, Game 7 and the series as a whole feels like an opportunity lost. "It's ridiculous and he does it with the pressure and scrutiny". "For somebody to go through this their first time and go through a full National Basketball Association season - he played I think pretty much every game". The first four times he did it all happened in the span of his first 10 playoff games he ever played. It would have been the most 2018 Celtics thing to 2018 Celtics. And for that, these ragtag and fresh-faced Celtics get my undying respect and appreciation for a run that probably went a round and a half longer than it should have. "I didn't know if we were going to make trades or not", he said. "This (Boston) team was undefeated in the postseason at home, and for us to be able to do this, and for me to be able to lead these guys, it's a treat".

"I think they're going to be really excited to get back with it", he said. Aside from Al Horford and Jayson Tatum, the remaining Celtics were just 13-for-56 from the floor, with their starting backcourt of Jaylen Brown and Rozier combining to go 7-for-32.

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