The Eastern Conference Finals are going to a Game 7 Cavaliers vs Celtics. The Cavaliers saved their season for a just few more days after a 109-96 win at home against the Celtics.
Cavaliers vs Celtics
LeBron James just had one his most incredible performances we’ve ever seen. Again
Jayson Tatum, Terry Rozier, and Jaylen Brown combined for 70 points but it wasn’t enough for the Celtics. Al Horford only had 6 points and Boston needs him to perform to win, period. Marcus Smart was a defensive force tonight as usual and accompanied him 10 points with 8 assists.
Game 7 can go either way. The Cavaliers are playing good team basketball, even though some of their players are showing fatigue. The jury is still out on Kevin Love however, who left Game 6 earlier with an apparent head injury.
FINAL: Cavaliers 109, Celtics 99
Cavaliers 106, Celtics 97 (01:40 4Q)
Looks like the Cavaliers are pulling away in this one. LeBron James has hit back to back threes in the final 5 minutes.
Cavaliers 83, Celtics 93 (07:00 4Q)
There have been a lot of scary moments in this game, but prob none more frightening for Cleveland fans than this moment.The Boston Celtics are one win away from their first NBA Finals trip in eight years, but to secure that berth on Friday they will need to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).
A balanced scoring effort and stellar defense on Wednesday gave the Celtics a 96-83 in Game 5, and improved Boston to 10-0 at home this postseason. But the Celtics are just 1-6 on the road this season, including two losses in Cleveland in this series.
Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 24 points in Game 5 and is averaging 18.4 points per game in his first playoffs. His 312 points are fourth-most by a rookie in the NBA playoffs, trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Alvan Adams, and Elgin Baylor.
“I just enjoy playing in the big moments, in the big games. That’s when I have the most fun,” Tatum told the Associated Press. “I can’t say it enough: We’re one win away from being in the finals,” Tatum said. “The playoffs bring the best out of people.”
LeBron James is averaging 30.8 points during the series and on Thursday was named to the All-NBA first team for a record 12th time, including the last 11 seasons in a row. James needs two wins in this series to keep a remarkable streak alive: his teams have won 23 consecutive Eastern Conference playoff series, dating back to 2011.
LeBron’s last playoff series loss to an Eastern Conference team was in 2010, to the Celtics.By Kevin Manahan firstname.lastname@example.org,
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
With the best of seven NBA Eastern Conference Finals tied, 3-3, the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James will meet the Boston Celtics in a deciding Game 7 on Sunday, May 27, 2018 (5/27/18) at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
Here’s what you need to know:
Who: Cavaliers vs Celtics
What: Game 7, Eastern Conference Finals
When: Sunday, May 27, 2018
Where: TD Garden, Boston
Time: 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Line: Celtics -2.5
Money line: TBD
Sunday, May 13: Boston 108, Cleveland 83
Tuesday, May 15: Boston 107, Cleveland 94
Saturday, May 19: Cleveland 116, Boston 86
Monday, May 21: Cleveland 111, Boston 102
Wednesday, May 23: Boston 96, Cleveland 83
Friday, May 25: Cleveland 109, Boston 99
Sunday, May 27: Cleveland at Boston, 8:30 p.m.
Notes: James chose Boston as the place he’ll play next.
Watch Game 7 on Air. And any talk about James’ future is on hold.
Delivering another performance for the ages, James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the Cleveland Cavaliers shook off losing All-Star Kevin Love with a head injury and beat the Celtics 109-99 on Friday night to force a decisive climax to this back-and-forth series.
James, playing in perhaps his final game for the Cavs in Cleveland, added 11 rebounds and nine assists while playing all but two minutes — to avoid elimination and delay any decisions about where he’ll continue his remarkable career next season.
“Greatness,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Championship pedigree. Giving it his all. We needed that, especially when Kevin went down. We had to play ‘Bron as many minutes as he had to. He delivered. He was up for the challenge. He carried us home as usual.”
The king is not dead, and he still has a chance to make his eighth straight NBA Finals.
Cavaliers vs Celtics This series, in which home court has meant everything, will have a fitting conclusion Sunday at TD Garden, where the Celtics are 10-0 this postseason.
“It’s a Game 7 Cavaliers vs Celtics,” James said. “It’s something that you wish you had when you’re done playing, but more than that, it’s just basketball for me. I know what I’m capable of doing, and I’m going to trust everything I put into it.”
Celtics: Own a 37-0 record when leading a series 2-0. … Dropped to 1-4 in Game 6s over the last four postseasons. … Coach Brad Stevens praised James for his consistency, and ability to exceed expectations. “Nobody else has what he has on his shoulders playing the game,” he said. “I think that the way in which he’s done that and all of the years now that he’s made The Finals and gone deep into the playoffs, it’s unbelievable.”
Cavaliers: Improved to 6-2 in elimination game since 2015. James has scored at least 40 in five of those wins. … James’ teams are 5-2 in Game 7. This was the seventh 40-point game for James this postseason. Michael Jordan also had seven, one off Jerry West’s record set in 1965. James passed Karl Malone (2,062) for sixth place on the career postseason rebounds list.