LeBron James’s record in elimination games is good but not great

LeBron James’s record in elimination games is good but not great

James continued his dominance on Sunday, leading the Cavaliers to an 87-79 victory over the Celtics in Boston as Cleveland earned their fourth successive trip to the Finals.

The Cavs, who led by 16 on numerous occasions in the third period, had a scary moment when Nance fell on James' right leg after blocking a Tatum drive with 8:28 left in the fourth and Cleveland clinging to an 89-82 lead. It's something you can't really explain what he's doing night in, night out. James didn't run again down the courtroom, resting up whereas Inexperienced drew a foul on the different finish and made one free throw to present the Cavaliers their greatest lead of the sport. James scored 45 points to lead Cleveland past the Pacers. They're 10-0 on their home floor, and they've been very successful against us, obviously, at home.

"We've still got to come out aggressive and play Celtics basketball", he said.

"We have an opportunity to play for a championship", James said. He finished with 35 points on 12-of-24 shooting with 15 rebounds and 9 assists.

George Hill had his best game of the series with 20 points, Jeff Green was inserted after Love went down and stood tall with 14 points and Larry Nance Jr crashed the boards down the stretch.

Given LeBron James has made it to seven consecutive NBA Finals and won five consecutive Game 7s (including one earlier this postseason), it would seem foolish to bet against him Sunday night.

If Cleveland receives a classic James performance and merely a D-plus showing from his wingmen - a crew that might be absent Kevin Love after the all-star left the game with an apparent concussion - I'll take Cleveland in Game 7. 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.

The Celtics also got solid games from their top reserves, Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart - each notching 10 points apiece - and Jayson Tatum finished with 15, but Boston got next-to-nothing from their starting bigs, Al Horford and Aron Baynes, who combined for just six points in the loss.

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Boston won its three games at home and the Cavs proved to be unbeatable in Cleveland.

That being said, this Cavaliers team is much less convincing than any of those Heat teams.

Expect a more focused and energized LeBron to come out the gate with his team down 3-2 and in an elimination position. Boston was a poor 11-of-20 at the line.

Percentages: FG.471, FT.818.

LeBron James thumped his chest, flexed his biceps, and cut loose a full-throated roar.

Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 9 (11 PTS). When Rozier went up for the lay-in, James blocked it off the backboard and proper to Inexperienced.

Lue said of the Cavs winning without Love: "We told the guys that Kevin wasn't coming back, and they all got together and just huddled up and just came together as one, and coming into tonight, we knew he was going to be out, and we said we want to do this for Kevin".

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