LeBron James leads Cavs past Celtics and into NBA Finals

LeBron James leads Cavs past Celtics and into NBA Finals

LeBron James leads Cavs past Celtics and into NBA Finals

ClevelandLeBron James scored 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and helped the Cleveland Cavaliers even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 on Monday night with a 111-102 victory over the Boston Celtics, who are looking forward to getting home. Even as the springy Rozier launched at the basket in transition, James simply rose up and smothered the attempt late in the third quarter. Following Game 6, Love said he was a "toss-up" to play, which would be a big loss for the Cavs. One play can change the whole game, and we just have to be keyed in all of our coverages and all the plays we're running. Bomani Jones has talked about how different Cleveland fans are with their defensiveness and willingness to go over the top whenever someone attacks us.

James sat out less than two minutes in the 48-minute contest, taking his first rest with less than a minute to play in the third quarter.

Discussion after Game 5 was centered squarely on how LeBron James ran out of gas and how rookie Jason Tatum ran circles around the aging superstar.

Although Boston remains unbeaten at home in the playoffs, the Celtics know they can't afford to be complacent against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James became the 13th athlete in the four major US professional sports - the NBA, NHL, MLB and National Football League - to make it to eight straight championship series, joining seven Montreal Canadiens players and five former Celtics, according to data compiled by ESPN Stats & Information. It was a 10-point game going into the fourth, and as the Celtics fought to gain traction, the Cavs kept them at arm's length. Does anyone feel confident that they can overcome the magic of LeBron James?

"It becomes ever more obvious as you go round to round", said Stevens.

"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.

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James chose Boston as the place he'll play next.

But during the first quarter this happened, and Kevin Love never made a return to the game. Tristan Thompson put up 10 while J.R. Smith added 12, but the Cavaliers as a team shot just 9-of-36 (25 percent) from long range. Jeff Green started in Love's place and scored 19 points.

"As much as I was passing in the first half and guys weren't knocking them down, I believed in the second half they would".

"I mean, the bigger the stage, the bigger the player, and he's been doing it for us since we've been here", said Lue.

Point guard Terry Rozier, the former understudy to ex-Cavaliers star and injured Celtics triggerman Kyrie Irving, paced Boston with 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting with seven assists, three rebounds, two steals and only one turnover in 40 minutes of work.

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