LeBron dominates Celtics to stay alive

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LeBron James squeezed every last ounce of effort from his misfiring Cleveland team mates on Sunday to lead the Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals.

The 2008 Celtics, on their way to the National Basketball Association title, lost three road games each in their series against Atlanta and Cleveland, and also lost twice on the road in the Eastern Conference finals against Detroit, before finally clinching the series in Game 6 in The Palace at Auburn Hills.

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.

Elite in all facets of the game, James controlled the tempo and stepped up defensively to stop Boston's young, athletic line-up at TD Garden.

He played a lot because Kevin Love left the game after getting banged in the head.

George Hill had his highest-scoring game of the postseason with 20 points, while Jeff Green stepped up with 14 in Love's absence.

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By the midway point of the second quarter, the Celtics had built up a 12-point lead, and were threatening to run away with the game before halftime.

"It was pretty incredible run by an incredible group of guys, and an absolute pleasure and privilege to be around them every day", Stevens said.

Brown scored 15 points in the first quarter and finished with 27 for the game, but had just two points in that awful second quarter for Boston.

While the pressure is certainly on LeBron James to get his team the win, he's taking it all in stride. Looking like it might have to be a 48-minute game for LeBron, who has 12 points and 5 rebounds.

"I'll be better Sunday", Horford said after the game. I know that's where we're headed.

James had 25 of the Cavaliers' 54 first half points after knocking down three from deep and shooting 52.9 percent from the field.

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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 flawless 6-for-6 mark from the free-throw line to go with three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 34 minutes.

"Our goal going into the series was to make him exert as much energy as humanly possible and try to be as good as we can on everybody else", Stevens said.

"When you lose an All-Star like Kevin, our second go-to guy, a pivotal guy, you help your brother up", Lue said. Love being checked on in the locker room now.

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

"Despite playing with one of his least reliable supporting casts, James still threw the ball around, firing passes for open three pointers despite the Cavs making just 9-of-35 from long range".

Expect a more focused and energized LeBron to come out the gate with his team down 3-2 and in an elimination position. Bomani Jones has talked about how different Cleveland fans are with their defensiveness and willingness to go over the top whenever someone attacks us.

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