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7 stats explaining how the Cavaliers won Game 6

26 Mai 2018

In Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Celtics trailed 32-17 after the first quarter.

LeBron James' 46 points tonight was a career high in an elimination game. "Like I've always said, Game 7 is the best two words in sports".

Added Jaylen Brown: "I expect it to be as loud as I've [heard] it. You know what I'm saying?" I'll do the same all day [Saturday] from before we leave to go to Boston, and then once we get into Boston I'll do that as well.

"The love of the game", James said, explaining his reaction.

The key, though, was James. It feels like things might be lining up for the Celtics in this game, but absolutely nobody will be thinking about that. "It's not", Rozier said. "We've got to get the job done". Moments later, Love fell to the court in pain. "I was hoping for the best". "It's very helpful information that I can take with me".

"To have him on our side, it kind of lets me take a deep breath of fresh air. It's just something special".

"Greatness", said his coach, Tyronn Lue. James tops Jordan in more categories, but the Bulls being a far better team plays into it as well.

He will no doubt put his stamp on the Game 7 proceedings, but, considering how the Celtics play at home, the decision to advance may not be entirely his.

"No question in my mind that he'll bounce back", Lue said. "He was up for the challenge. He carried us home as usual".

During the Cavs series with the Toronto Raptors, James complained of the lack of off-days in what could infer the need for rest. Forward Kevin Love departed with zero points in the first quarter after banging heads with Tatum and did not return.

The Celtics didn't score on all those Horford post-ups, but the eight in the first quarter produced 12 points on good shots.

The series is tied at 3-3 and Cleveland must win in Boston on Sunday to progress to the finals. The last team to represent the East in the Finals that didn't have James - the Celtics in 2010. You can't go out and try to look pretty. Tatum answered the call. Love, who missed a March 28 game at Charlotte with a concussion, immediately raised his arm as if to signal he needed help.

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or The Rockets lead the Western Conference finals 3-2. Boston was a poor 11-of-20 at the line.

James did receive support from point guard George Hill's 20 points and bench players Jeff Green and Nance Jr with 14 and 10 points respectively.

Cavaliers: Improved to 6-2 in elimination game since 2015. Totals 41-87 18-22 109. That pre-season script has gone through several edits over the last seven months, with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward both sidelined for Boston and Isaiah Thomas long gone from Cleveland, but here they are.

James said he didn't even know that it was Nance who ran into him until in the locker room after the game.

Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 9 (11 PTS). Five of Hill's seven shots came within the paint.

It might be too simple to link James' fatigue with his turnovers. Morris had 13 points and six rebounds.

7 stats explaining how the Cavaliers won Game 6