Cavs trounce Celtics to force Game 7

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Game 7 of the series is Sunday night in Boston, with the victor meeting either Houston or Golden State in the NBA Finals.

James was simply sensational, posting 46 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, a block and three steals in 46 dominant minutes.

Wounded and worn out, LeBron James put in a superhuman performance that was extraordinary even for his standards to carry the Cleveland Cavaliers to victory over the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association playoffs. The only question is whether LeBron can do it again in Game 7, which will be on Sunday in Boston.

Down 3-2 to the Boston Celtics and facing elimination, the Cleveland Cavaliers needed to show up and put forth a strong effort in front of their home crowd on Friday night.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots the ball against Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) during the first quarter in game six of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Rockets take a 3-2 series lead into Game 6 of the Western Conference finals in Oakland. Now, the series goes to a Game 7, or as James calls it, "the best two words in sports", in Boston.

It was his seventh 40-point game in this year's playoffs.

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But more concerning for the Cavs is the status of Kevin Love, who was knocked from the game in the first quarter to be evaluated for a concussion after colliding with Jayson Tatum.

And leading the charge was James who played every single second of the game until there were 57.3 seconds to play in the third quarter and 57.0 seconds to play with Cleveland ahead 109-97.

Things turned for good in the second quarter, when the Celtics could only manage 18 points.

George Hill added 20 points, and Jeff Green 14 for the Cavs. Overall, the Cavs shot 47.1 percent from the field, including 39.1 percent from beyond the arc. Every time you're standing out there, every time you watch him on film.

Terry Rozier paced the Celtics with 28 points, and Jaylen Brown had 27.

Boston's struggles in the first half boiled down to them being too predictable offensively following a 3-pointer by Marcus Smart that increased the Celtics' lead to 30-24. Cleveland out-rebounded them 44-to-31 and had 15 offensive boards.

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