Cavs trounce Celtics to force Game 7

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James roars in delight after nailing a three-pointer against the Boston Celtics

Trailing the Celtics 3-2 and facing elimination in the Eastern Conference finals, the Cavaliers triumphed in a bruising encounter on their home floor to knot the best-of-seven series at 3-3 and force game seven in Boston on Sunday.

What Green will need to do in Game 7 will be just what he did throughout Game 6, drive to the hoop and get to the foul line. "I think that the way in which he's done that and all of the years now that he's made The Finals and gone deep into the playoffs, it's unbelievable".

Since returning from the All-Star break on February 22, the Cavaliers, with few exceptions, played every other night until the regular season ended on April 11. The Celtics scored 11 points on the last five possessions of the period to close it with a 25-20 lead. The Celtics went to Al Horford in the post eight times in the opening 12 minutes and the Cavs mostly sent an extra defender at Horford, which seemed to play into the Celtics' hands.

While the collision affected James' gait - he was even still walking with a noticeable limp when he left the arena at the end of the night - his production didn't skip a beat. There were not too many forced three's, instead Hill forced the issue and got to the hoop.

"It's a Game 7", James said.

Stevens reinstated 6-foot-10 center Aron Baynes into Boston's starting lineup and used forward Marcus Morris off the bench in an effort to match Cleveland's size and strength on the interior, in addition to giving his perimeter shooters more life throughout the game. He was huge. That's what you expect out of the best player in the world.

Now the Cavs will have to win a Game 7 in Boston to advance to their fourth straight NBA Finals.

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James' floater with 21.8 seconds remaining wrapped up a 25-point half and helped usher the Cavaliers into the locker room with a 54-43 advantage. "I'm for sure going to find a Chipotle in Boston, I'll tell you that".

Things turned for good in the second quarter, when the Celtics could only manage 18 points. You can't go out and try to look pretty. Love, who missed a March 28 game at Charlotte with a concussion, immediately raised his arm as if to signal he needed help. 5-5 0-0 10, Korver 2-6 0-0 6, Clarkson 3-9 0-0 6.

Hill, who came over in a deadline trade, has been awed by what James has done in this postseason.

The Celtics have been a much better team at home than on the road this postseason and players have said the atmosphere at TD Garden has contributed to their success. I haven't always played great in my career.

No. The Celtics actually started strong, led after one thanks to Jaylen Brown's 15 points and were up by seven in the second quarter.

And if the rumors are true, this could be James' final game with the Cavaliers in Cleveland.

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