Super 8: LeBron James muscles his way back to the Finals

Super 8: LeBron James muscles his way back to the Finals

James' 46 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists played a key role in the game six win as Cleveland levelled the series 3-3.

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after a basket in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals.

Boston will now try to win the series by beating James and the Cavs at TD Garden, where the Celtics are 10-0 in the postseason.

Jeff Green added 14 off the bench, Larry Nance had 10 and Kyle Korver and Jordan Clarkson chipped in six apiece as the Cavs reserves helped fill the void left by Love's early exit.

"It feels good just to be able to play for another game", said James, who has been to seven straight NBA Finals with Miami and Cleveland.

Al Horford finished with 17 points and Jaylen Brown had 13 but he was just 3-of-12 from the 3-point line.

End of quarter: Celtics 43, Cavs 39: Cavs somehow only down four heading into halftime.

"I mean, the bigger the stage, the bigger the player, and he's been doing it for us since we've been here", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. He's averaging 34 points in those pressure-packed games - more than anyone else in National Basketball Association history. But what really stood out was the fact that Tatum, arguably Boston's best player at creating his own shot off the dribble, did not take a single free throw.

More news: Al Horford, Celtics see shot at Finals slip away

Now, the only question is who the Cavaliers will play for a chance at their second title in three years: The Rockets host Game 7 of the Western Conference finals against Golden State on Monday night, and the victor will host the opener of the NBA Finals on Thursday. "I think we've played now until May 25 and May 27 the last two years, and we started on September 25".

"The great quote from the great Doc Rivers is, 'You always want to go into the Game 7 with the best player, ' and we have the best player on our team going into a Game 7".

Love went out with a head injury in the first quarter, forcing Lue to juggle his rotations and keep James on the floor longer than he wanted to.

ROCKETS 98, WARRIORS 94: The Houston Rockets are so full of physical defenders that Golden State coach Steve Kerr said many look like they could play football. I've been that guy looking to say the most hurtful things I could to people I've disagreed with.

Australian big man Baynes was Boston's starting centre but had his most underwhelming game of the series, going scoreless and grabbing four rebounds.

"It's about just winning the game now". I play extremely hard throughout the postseason, and I'd be cheating my team if I said I could go out and play 48 minutes.

Jayson Tatum paced the Celtic attack with 24 points as Boston suffered its only loss in 11 playoff home games.

There's not much you can do when James is putting on all-time performances like that. 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.

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