Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics: LeBron James helps Cavs tie series

Lawrence Cooper
May 28, 2018

"There's something different about LeBron, period", Cleveland forward Larry Nance Jr. said after James scored 46 with 11 rebounds and nine assists on Friday night to send the series to a decisive seventh game.

Twelve years ago, a 21-year-old LeBron James entered his first Game 7 as an National Basketball Association player and left with a loss in which the Cavaliers scored 61 points.

When the Celtics topped the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 in the first round, Horford was the night's hero, putting up a postseason-high 26 points on 13-of-17 shooting as Boston rolled to a double-digit triumph.

King James is 5-2 all-time in Game 7's and has had big performances in each. Here's a hint - the physical guard doesn't expect Game 7 to be a polite affair.

The 33-year-old has said several times since coming home in 2014 that he wants to retire with the Cavaliers, but fans are uneasy because he can opt out of his $35.6 million contract this summer and test free agency.

The Cavaliers said Love, who inadvertently bashed heads with Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum in the first quarter of Game 6, experienced concussion-like symptoms Saturday before the team's flight to Boston. One game, one win, stands between your Cleveland Cavaliers and a fourth consecutive trip to The Finals. Nance continued his stretch of solid play with 10 points, seven rebounds, and two steals. Morris has not done as well of late in limiting James and to make matters worse, he has struggled to impact the game offensively.

"It's been better, but I'll be ready tonight", James said at shootaround when asked for an update.

The key is going to be making sure the Cavaliers do not get another advantage outside of James, and the Celtics get an advantage at every other position.

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"Like we're going to go out and compete, but we're going to enjoy playing the game that we love".

Of course, none of that means anything when the ball goes up at the Garden later this evening as the Cavs try to join the Celtics, Lakers and Heat as the only franchises to reach four straight NBA Finals.

"Today is really the only thing I can think about", James said. Coach Tyronn Lue and the rest of the Cavs organization needed everything he could muster, and he offered it, scoring or assisting on 23 points in the second quarter to erase an early Boston lead and put Cleveland on a path to Game 7. As soon as I get home, I'll start my treatment.

George Hill added 20 points, and Jeff Green 14 for the Cavs.

With injuries to some key pieces, the Celtics have basically gone with a seven-man rotation against the Cavaliers - bringing Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart off the bench. "You got to be able to get down and get dirty".

"I just go out and play my game", he said.

Terry Rozier paced the Celtics - now 1-6 on the road - with 28 points, and Jaylen Brown had 27. The Celtics took just 74 shots, while the Cavs put up 87.

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