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

Ruben Holloway
May 28, 2018

LeBron James has earned a spot in his eighth consecutive National Basketball Association finals after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a thrilling series victory over the Boston Celtics.

The Cleveland Cavs beat the Boston Celtics 87-79 in game seven of the Eastern Conference Finals.

James led the way with a token performance scoring 46 points with 11 rebounds and nine assists. James was able to walk it off - then proceeded to score 12 more points the rest of the way, including back-to-back triples with two minutes to play that essentially sealed the deal.

Boston had taken the early advantage, leading 25-20 by the end of the first quarter, but the Cavs made a tremendous fightback, a James three-pointer eight minutes into the second giving Cleveland their first lead of the night.

They had to play seven games just to get out of the first round, and seven more to finish a climb out of 2-0 deficit against a younger, more athletic Celtics team.

The Cavaliers needed everything LeBron (and some key role players) had to give on Friday considering the loss of their five-time All-Star Kevin Love just five minutes into the game. LeBron up to 12 points and 4 rebounds.

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James went flying into the stands with less than nine minutes left in the first quarter trying to deflect a full-court pass out of bounds.

"They have been very successful against us at home, but we love challenges and this is a great opportunity".

"LeBron is different than a lot of other guys, but that's no excuse", Rozier said of the pending meeting.

"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".

Then James thundered to life, and got help everywhere, most notably from Hill (20 points) and reserves Jeff Green (14 points) and Larry Nance, Jr.

Terry Rozier paced the Celtics with 28 points, and Jaylen Brown had 27.

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Celtics head coach Brad Stevens could only chuckle when asked if it ever comes into his mind that his team is facing a generational talent like James. After playing a full 82-game regular season, and logging monster minutes throughout the playoffs, it would not be surprising if he were tired.

"I just got it like that", James said.

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. He went to the locker room and was eventually ruled out of the game.

Precocious wing Tatum shook off a slow start to score 15 points on 7-for-13 shooting with three rebounds and two assists.

Expect a more focused and energized LeBron to come out the gate with his team down 3-2 and in an elimination position.

"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.

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