The decider with the Celtics will be played Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET in Boston.
The Celtics held James to two fourth-quarter points, earning their 10th straight victory in Boston to remain ideal at home this postseason and move within one win of their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2010. LeBron James is up to 32 points with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one block.
James produced a devastating display to help his Cleveland Cavaliers level the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals against Boston Celtics on Friday.
Kyle Korver added 14 points with several hustle plays, and Tristan Thompson had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland. Look for him to come off the bench earlier this time around. "Luckily, I was able to finish the game".
"To have him on our side, it kind of lets me take a deep breath of fresh air".
But this was a LeBron James Production. "It's just something special".
It was a frantic, physical game, with Kevin Love and Jayson Tatum clashing heads in the opening few minutes. As is often the case, he got nearly no help from the rest of the team.
"Every minute of the series, you appreciate him more", Boston coach Brad Stevens said. If they do that, the challenge only gets more hard. When Rozier went up for the lay-in, James blocked it off the backboard and proper to Inexperienced. In what could be his final game in Cleveland, James played 46 minutes and erupted for 46 points on 17-for-33 shooting. (4 points). Still no word on Kevin Love. The former Celtic finished 4-of-10 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the stripe, adding three boards and a pair of blocked shots. "And for us to be on the road in a hostile environment where we have had no success up to this point, we should relish the opportunity and have fun with it". "Nothing is easy, and we understand that".
Lue then mentioned Hill and Green and Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., but eventually he got back to the meal ticket. "Every possession matters - whether it's after a timeout, the first possession of the game or first possession of the quarter". "It's up to us to see if we can come back here for one more". "Playoffs are a different animal". The trick is to make life hard and don't let those role players like Smith, Kyle Korver and George Hill have it easy.
Four reasons why the team will win Game 7
The Warriors struggled early in the game as the Rockets held a 17-point lead by the end of the first quarter. Will we be getting Chris Paul for that Game 7? He's got good genes, he should thank his mum and dad for that.
So far, Boston is 5-1 in games decided by six or less points.
Somewhat less important, but no less pivotal given the way its postseason has gone, Cleveland turned in one of its better defensive efforts of late. The Cavs didn't miss Love much, after he banged heads with Tatum in the first quarter and was ruled out for the night at halftime.
Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown combined for 55 of the Celtics' 99 points, but it was an overall uneven showing.
Tomorrow night in Boston, he will try to do it again. LeBron up to 20 points already and has yet to rest.
Fans inside Beer Works grew visibly agitated as the Celtics fell more and more behind in the fourth quarter.
The Celtics led by as many as 12 points in the first half, and they had a 51-47 lead midway through the third quarter when James hit a long 3-pointer and then Green made a 3 of his own.
By the Numbers - 34.9, 9.1, 5.1 ... The King has been dominant in elimination games throughout his career, but this one may have been one of his most impressive. In the three games in Cleveland, Hill averaged 15.3 points on 53 percent shooting.
After all, do the C's really want to push their luck and have to deal with LeBron James in a win-or-go-home Game 7?
"You've got to be poised". And you've got to be able to combat that and be just as solid and just as aggressive on the offensive end. The Celtics were 10-0 in the playoffs at home in 1986.