Cavs 109-99 Celtics: LeBron dazzles in dominant 46-point effort
- Author: Julie Sanders May 28, 2018,
May 28, 2018, 9:43
"We have to make him work", Rozier said.
Game 7 will be played on Sunday in Boston.
James added to his already historic postseason with a 46-point, 11-rebound, 9-assist outing Friday for his seventh 40-point game of the playoffs.
Friday night's Game 6 matchup between the Cavs and Celtics came down to one key factor. He's been even better since returning to Cleveland in 2015 - topping the 40-point plateau in five of Cleveland's eight elimination games, including Friday night's mammoth performance.
"In our sit-downs or just our casual conversations, he seems to be in a great place", Stevens said, as quoted by ESPN.
"Do you know what you're going to get from this team night-to-night or is it throwing a dart?" asked the reporter. "It's just something special".
Love, who missed a game in March with concussion symptoms, banged heads with Tatum and dropped to the court in the first quarter.
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". He was helped off and walked to the bench unsteadily before heading to the locker room for further treatment and evaluation.
His promotion to the starting rotation also left 23-year-old forward Semi Ojeleye out of the rotation, a matchup Cleveland Coach Tyronn Lue preferred for his sharpshooter, Kyle Korver - Ojeleye averaged 13.3 minutes in this series leading up to Game 5. "You've got to be ready to play now". They played for Kevin.
They need to figure out how to get past this roadblock.
The Celtics were still within seven in the final three minutes before James made consecutive 3-pointers, punctuating the second by pounding his chest with both fists and screaming along with 20,562 others. Not only that, but he was also a ideal 5-for-5 from the floor while being a plus-10.
"They have been very successful against us at home, but we love challenges and this is a great opportunity". Cleveland finished with a 44-31 advantage in rebounding, including 15-5 on the offensive boards, and went 18-of-22 at the stripe.
"It was nuts, it was definitely nuts", said Bryan Gilmartin, who watched the game from inside the arena. You expect games like this on elimination nights. "It's up to us to see if we can come back here (to Boston) for one more". "Playoffs are a different animal". Green scored 14 points off the bench and made several crucial defensive plays while filling in at center.
For the Celtics, Terry Rozier was exceptional - hitting six from 10 from three-point range as he poured in a team-high 28 points and added seven assists - while Jaylen Brown continued his strong post-season, with 27 points. His last loss came against the Celtics team that would eventually win the National Basketball Association title. Boston can't shoot that poorly from the field if they hope to take Game 6.
Tatum had a dunk over James with 6:41 left - staring down the Cavaliers star and bumping him with his chest - then followed it with a 3-pointer that gave the Celtics a 72-71 lead. The Cavaliers eliminated the Celtics in last year's Eastern Conference Finals.