Quotable - LeBron James, on what it'll take to win a Game 7 in Boston ...
LeBron James has not missed the NBA Finals since 2010.
Still down four points with almost seven minutes left in the game, Tatum chose to take things into his own hands. Larry Nance Jr. added 10 points and 7 rebounds. 2007, the year he took a historically bad Cavaliers lineup to the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers will face the victor of Monday's Game 7 matchup in the West between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets. Coach Brad Stevens praised James for his consistency, and ability to exceed expectations. "This and Game 7 of the Finals 2016, right there".
"It was pretty incredible run by an incredible group of guys, and an absolute pleasure and privilege to be around them every day", Stevens said.
After being in a team-wide slump for the past three games, the Celtics had a much better overall offensive performance. In March, Tyronn Lue took a nine-game leave of absence to address health issues and guard J.R. Smith was suspended for throwing a bowl of chicken tortilla soup at assistant coach Damon Jones.
"I just got it like that", James said. After losing a pivotal Game 5 earlier this week, the Cavs will now have to win at home to extend the series to a seventh and final game versus the Boston Celtics.
It's a scene that we've seen play out countless times now.
Cavaliers: Shot simply 2 of 17 from 3-point vary within the first half, making three of their first 22 pictures from lengthy vary earlier than James and Inexperienced related on back-to-back makes an attempt halfway by means of the third quarter. In elimination games throughout his career, James has averaged 33.5 points per game. Terry Rozier went 0-for-10 from three-point land while Jaylen Brown went just 3-of-12. "I thought it was an outstanding defensive game". The Celtics shot just 6-for-19 and a bevy of turnovers led to a 20-4 Cleveland run that Boston never recovered from.
"This is a heck of an accomplishment for our ballclub - without our All-Star power forward (Kevin Love), as well, for basically two games". Love threw one of his patented "touchdown" passes in the first quarter to James, who outmaneuvered Smart and Brown like a wide receiver to make the catch and score. James' floater with 21.8 seconds remaining wrapped up a 25-point half and helped usher the Cavaliers into the locker room with a 54-43 advantage.
James poured in 46 points with 11 rebounds and nine assists. One for every win by James the past five times his team has played a Game 7.
George Hill scored 20 points for Cleveland.
"We have an opportunity to play for a championship", James said. The last time they cut Cleveland's lead to just seven - 101-94 with 2:47 to play in regulation - LeBron splashed home consecutive triples to send the Celtics to the showers.
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