"It's a Game 7, it's something that you wish you had when you're done playing".
In his absence, Celtics teammate Al Horford also had his worst game of the series, scoring six points and adding nine boards. Boston played well but LeBron at the height of his powers, along with some key contributions from the supporting cast, was just too much.
Game 7 is on.
46 - James seemed quite exhausted in Cleveland's Game 5 loss at Boston, but just 48 hours later, he totaled 46 minutes to help the Cavs protect home court and force a Game 7.
The Cavs said Love is being evaluated for a concussion and being kept out as a precaution.
On a night Tatum slipped past Magic Johnson and Wilt Chamberlain to become only the sixth rookie in National Basketball Association history to score 300 postseason points, he put his team in position to end James' reign of East supremacy.
It hasn't been just the playoffs that have been a grind on the center of the Cavaliers' universe. A late-game barrage of jumpers by James most certainly ended any thoughts of a Boston rally. James has played to the end in seven straight seasons.
It's a huge blow to the Cavs as Love has produced well for the team this postseason. "Obviously, we came up short tonight".
"It should mean that he's gone, since he already did what he vowed to do, which was win a title for his hometown Cavs", Herring said of a loss. Not only that, but he was also a flawless 5-for-5 from the floor while being a plus-10.
James scored 45 that day and the Cavs survived.
His first win in an elimination game came in a Game 6 against the Celtics in the second round 2008.
Since returning from the All-Star break on February 22, the Cavaliers, with few exceptions, played every other night until the regular season ended on April 11.
44-31 - To say the wine and gold dominated the boards would be an understatement.
James turned the ball over only three times when the Cavaliers rolled the Celtics, 116-86, in Game 3.
Halftime: Cavs 54, Celtics 43: A Terry Rozier cuts what was a 14-point Cavs lead to 11 heading into halftime. Success could depend on Boston drawing on what they have done to go undefeated on the parquet in the playoffs, and learn how to avoid the pitfalls leading to their paltry 1-6 record on the road this postseason. If they do, they at least have to force Boston to miss a lot of shots in transition. "That makes it even more fun to be around these guys".
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Then , the fourth quarter was complete with the Rockets grabbing a lead and holding on for dear life. The 22-year-old McCaw averaged 4.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 57 games this season .