Celtics brace for 'dogfight' vs Cavs in Game 7 at home

Celtics brace for 'dogfight' vs Cavs in Game 7 at home

A nail-biting deciding game of the Eastern Conference finals saw the Celtics blow an early lead as James surged ahead on his way to 35 points.

James didn't know until after the game that teammate Larry Nance Jr. had banged into him. It's just something that you really can't explain what he's doing night in, night out. "Until we're dead in our grave", Lue said, "it's not over". Making his first begin because the first-round opener towards Indiana, Inexperienced scored 19 factors and added eight rebounds - the star of James' starless supporting forged.

"Been fortunate enough to play some good basketball through my career", James said.

With the Cavs' backs against the wall, James pushed the issue all night to fight out of the corner, attacking Celtics defenders big and small with an array of moves off the bounce, in the half-court and in transition.

"It feels good just to be able to play for another game", James said after the victory.

"Everything matters, everything comes down to each possession, but not getting too caught up in when things don't go your way", he said.

Point guard George Hill turned in his most aggressive and effective game of the series, scoring 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting with a ideal 6-for-6 mark from the free-throw line to go with three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 34 minutes.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the second half against the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 23, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.




Brown poured in 15 points as the Celtics took a 25-20 lead after the first period, which was just the start they were looking for after falling behind by 15 after one in Game 3 and by 16 in Game 4.

If Cleveland receives a classic James performance and merely a D-plus showing from his wingmen - a crew that might be absent Kevin Love after the all-star left the game with an apparent concussion - I'll take Cleveland in Game 7. He was helped off and walked to the bench unsteadily before heading to the locker room for further treatment and evaluation.

LeBron James stood below the baseline and glared at Terry Rozier, seemingly incredulous that the Boston Celtics' young point guard would have the audacity to try to dunk in transition with James in the vicinity.

The Cavs held a double-digit lead throughout the third quarter before Boston got within a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Boston was a poor 11-of-20 at the line. He also provided another big body to contest LeBron James if the Cavaliers superstar got around the paint.

Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 9 (11 PTS). When Rozier went up for the lay-in, James blocked it off the backboard and right to Green.

"'Game seven' is the best two words in sports and for us to be on the road in another hostile environment where we've had no success up to this point, we should relish the opportunity".

Blocked Shots: 2 (Horford, Smart).

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