Al Horford, Celtics see shot at Finals slip away

Al Horford, Celtics see shot at Finals slip away

Tatum's signature moment in the game was a driving dunk over James that cut the Cavs lead to 71-69 with 6:41 to play in the game. James pushed the gap to five from the line with 2:00 to go with a three-point play from James helping the Cavaliers draw clear in the final two minutes as Boston missed shot after shot after shot. But James dropped 46 points on Friday and followed it up with an equally impressive performance on Sunday.

Cavaliers: Shot just 2 of 17 from 3-point range in the first half.

As well as his 35 points, James finished with 15 rebounds and nine assists, while Jeff Green, who made his first start since the opening game of the first round against IN, recorded 19 points and eight rebounds. James didn't look very pleased (and borderline shocked) with the bump, but Tatum said he meant no disrespect by it after the game.

They'll face the victor of Monday night's Game 7 showdown between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.

"This is the last chapter for our team this season", said James. "But that's how much belief these guys instilled in all of us".

"He's unbelievable", Celtics coach Brad Stevens told the Washington Post.

As Sunday night bled into Monday morning at TD Garden, the Cleveland Cavaliers closed the door on the latest version of their 2017-18. He called James' Finals streak "ridiculous", especially considering the pressure and scrutiny James is under.

This will not be an easy task for James and his buddies, who will try to hand the Celtics their only loss in 11 postseason home games. And so yeah, I think a year ago, you kind of just expected it to happen at a certain point.

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That sentiment rang especially true throughout the postseason, with the Indiana Pacers almost taking a 3-1 lead in the opening round before some clutch 3-point shooting from Korver in Game 4 saved the season.

James was there for all of it, playing in all 82 games for the first time in his career and leading the league in minutes. He once quipped: "You put my mother on the floor, and if she were in a Boston Celtics uniform, I'd break her face".

Cleveland was playing without All-Star forward Kevin Love, who is in the concussion protocol.

The biggest star in the National Basketball Association, the greatest player of this generation, one of the five best players in history had something he needed to say to the 20-year-old rookie.

But Jeff Green, elevated to a starting role due to Love's injury, hit one of his two 3-pointers, and James fed Tristan Thompson the next trip down as the Cavaliers went back up four.

"I don't think he wanted to be seen", Ainge said, before joking that "he's a really good-looking guy".

Next year, barring any offseason moves, the Celtics will trot out a lineup of Irving, Hayward, Tatum, Brown and Horford, with Rozier, Marcus Morris, Daniel Theis and should he re-sign in the offseason, Marcus Smart coming off the bench.

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