Cleveland • LeBron James scored 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and helped the Cleveland Cavaliers even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 on Monday night with a 111-102 victory over the Boston Celtics, who are looking forward to getting home.
After a season full of turmoil, that included a major revamp of the roster at February's trade deadline with six players offloaded and four acquired, this is arguably seen as James' greatest achievement ever.
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George Hill has been a different player in opposing venues throughout the first six games of the East Finals - and he enjoyed the home cooking on Friday night, finishing with 20 points on an efficient 7-for-12 shooting from the floor and flawless 6-of-6 from the line, adding three boards, three assists and a pair of steals. Yeah, like every time we're out there,"Stevens said of James' greatness".
The Cavs held a double-digit lead throughout the third quarter before Boston got within a touchdown in the fourth quarter. "It doesn't matter what the story line is going to be, it doesn't matter if we're picked to win or not". When they've needed a big game in a big moment, LeBron James would be there.
James scored 25 points in playing every minute of the first half, when the Cavaliers absorbed the blow of losing Kevin Love to a possible concussion and then out-scored the Celtics 34-18 in the second quarter to take control of the game. Boston went six minutes while mustering just one field goal - a Marcus Morris second-chance fadeaway - and the Cavaliers put together a little burst to pull within two with under three minutes to play in the half.
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"I'll be better Sunday", Horford said after the game.
By the end of the night, Green put up 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting to go along with eight rebounds.
"The Celtics are 0-11 on uncontested 3-pointers since the 1st quarter".
The Cavaliers fought off elimination without Kevin Love, who left in the first quarter after colliding with Tatum.
"We'll just play who we play", Stevens said. "We just didn't do it enough to get over that hump", C's guard Jaylen Brown said after the loss.
Moments later, James drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing to finally put away the young Celtics, who will now feel the enormous pressure of trying to hold off the three-time champion.
Terry Rozier played out of his mind Friday scoring 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting with seven assists and three rebounds.