LeBron James dominates against Celtics to keep Cavaliers' NBA Finals hopes alive

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After Kevin Love went down in the first quarter with a head injury, LeBron proved his greatness again by finishing with 46 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists to force a Game 7 against the Boston Celtics.

James, who battled fatigue in Wednesday's game five loss, played an incredible 46 of a possible 48 minutes in the game six win.

"The best player in the game", said Stevens.

The Cavaliers appeared doomed in the first quarter when the team's All-Star forward, Kevin Love, clashed heads with Boston rookie Jayson Tatum and was forced to the locker room. The big-man trio of Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner, and Thaddeus Young presented a big problem for not only Nance, but also Love and Thompson, and their play almost cost the Cavaliers the series.

If daytime sports television is any indication, we're going to be having the LeBron vs. Michael Jordan debate almost every day for the next several years, if not several decades. Catch up on all the top individual performances around the league in the Top Performers series.

Because they have the best basketball player on the planet, and far and away the best player in this series. And, like everything else he's been part of, his numbers are absurd, with averages of 34.9 points, eight rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

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Boston quickly closed the gap in the second half and had an 11-point lead of their own within a minute of the fourth quarter. But letting a first-year role player dictate how you deploy a legitimate game-breaker is pure craziness on the part of Lue.

The numbers are equally stark for JR Smith. But Pierce had a heck of a game himself, scoring 41 points, and P.J. Brown hit a couple of key late jumpers to allow the Celtics to - barely - survive.

If the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to advance to their fourth NBA Finals in a row, they'll have to do it without the services of Kevin Love.

He had a 46-point, 12-rebound outing and a 45-point Game 7 against IN in games where he didn't make a buzzer-beater.

There are few things in sports like an NBA Game 7. He shot 10-of-16 from the floor and made 5-of-9 3-point attempts.

"It's not going to be pretty", Celtics guard Marcus Smart said. In Game 7. It's the second seven-game series for the Cavs in these playoffs. Meanwhile, the Celtics are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games, 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games against a team with a winning record and 35-17 ATS in their last 52 games overall. That's the best recovery that you can possibly get, is when you're sleeping. Tyronn Lue began to play both Nance and Thompson for longer periods of time, as the added defense and rebounding outweighed the offensive downgrade, which wasn't as large as it normally would be due to Love's inconsistency.

Enjoy the euphoria of the Cavs' desperation 109-99 victory in a win-or-go-home Game 6 Friday at The Q. The Cavs did what they had to do to get to where history says they shouldn't want to go - on the road.