With a 109-99 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night, the Cavs forced just that and will now face the Celtics in a winner-takes-all game in Boston on Sunday. "But more importantly, just the work that I put into it".
Point guard George Hill turned in his most aggressive and effective game of the series, scoring 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting with a ideal 6-for-6 mark from the free-throw line to go with three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 34 minutes.
Still down four points with almost seven minutes left in the game, Tatum chose to take things into his own hands. Yeah, like every time we're out there,"Stevens said of James' greatness". James' teams are 5-0 when he goes the distance.
James poured in 46 points with 11 rebounds and nine assists.
"We know it is a challenge on their home floor", James said.
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Within the first shut sport of the collection - and the lowest-scoring - James performed all 48 minutes and had 12 of his factors within the fourth quarter for his sixth straight Recreation 7 win.
"The 6'10", 250-pounder averaged 17.9 points and 9.3 rebounds on the season, and has been Cleveland's second-leading scorer in the regular season and playoffs.
"It's a heck of an accomplishment for our ball club to (to win) without our All Star forward for basically two games".
James had 25 of the Cavaliers' 54 first half points after knocking down three from deep and shooting 52.9 percent from the field.
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Love, who missed a March 28 game at Charlotte with a concussion, immediately raised his arm as if to signal he needed help. Led by LeBron James' 21 first-quarter points, Cleveland jumped out to an early lead and led by as many as 11 points.
After Kevin Love went down halfway through the opening quarter, the signs looked ominous for the Cavaliers but it wasn't to be this time. Green scored 14 points off the bench and made several crucial defensive plays while filling in at center.
"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.
The Celtics also got solid games from their top reserves, Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart - each notching 10 points apiece - and Jayson Tatum finished with 15, but Boston got next-to-nothing from their starting bigs, Al Horford and Aron Baynes, who combined for just six points in the loss. He finished with 35 points on 12-of-24 shooting with 15 rebounds and 9 assists.
"We've still got to come out aggressive and play Celtics basketball", said Celtics guard Terry Rozier.
"It becomes ever more obvious as you go round to round", said Stevens.
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The Cavs and the Warriors have met in each of the three previous NBA Finals, with Golden State winning twice. But Paul remembered it, and a couple games later an opportunity for some semblance of retaliation came.
Talks about the possibility of LeBron James leaving Cleveland in the summer in free agency could not have appeared further from his mind as he put on a sensational performance in front of his home crowd.