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LeBron and the Cavaliers force Game 7 in Boston

Cleveland won Game 6 by a score of 109-99

May 25, 2018 - 11:28 pm

Joe DiBiase reporting

You knew it wasn't going to end on Friday night, right?

LeBron James personally hasn't missed the NBA Finals since 2010, and he wasn't going to go down so easy to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

James and the Cleveland Cavaliers controlled Game 6 against the Celtics straight to the end, earning a 109-99 victory to force a deciding Game 7 on Sunday at TD Garden in Boston.

James set his career-high in an elimination game with 46 points and dominated both inside and outside, including shooting five of seven from the three-point line. We even got to see some vintage LeBron on Friday with a chase down block on Celtics guard Terry Rozier. This was his seventh 40-point game of these playoffs. 

The Cavaliers had a scare just five minutes into the game as Kevin Love and Boston's star rookie Jayson Tatum collided heads. Tatum stayed in the game, but Love left and did not return. Love has been the most consistent of LeBron's supporting staff. However, players like George Hill, Jeff Green, and Larry Nance Jr. stepped up for Cleveland, providing 44 combined points. 

It was a predictable result looking at Boston. They're now 1-7 on the road in the 2018 playoffs, but are a perfect 10-0 at home. They're one more home win away from reaching the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. That was the last year a non-LeBron-led team reached the Finals in the East. 

Game 7 in Boston is Sunday at 8:30 p.m.

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