LeBron James scores 35 as Cavs advance to NBA Finals

The Cavs are 7-1 at home in the postseason while the Celtics are 9-0 at TD Garden

And so there James was one possession in the third quarter scoring in transition, then chasing down Terry Rozier to impolitely redirect his seeming open layup into the stands.

We've seen this type of impact play throughout the course of James' 15-year career, but they never fail to wow.

James dropped 17 points and went 6-of-12 from the field in the first half, scoring almost half of Clevelands first half points. "And I just tried to figure out how I can get through it". "I didn't come into the season, saying, 'OK, we're going to play 82 games this season, ' but my plan is to be as healthy as I can, work on my body, train my body every day to be available for my teammates every game and if that allows me to play tonight, as I am, then let's go".

Pushed by a raucous crowd that wasn't so confident a few days ago, the Cavs held off Boston's comeback in the fourth quarter and squared a series that is now a best-of-three.

James scored a huge 46 points - his seventh outing of the play-offs with at least 40 points - as well as clocking up 11 rebounds and nine assists to be the night's standout man. Bomani Jones has talked about how different Cleveland fans are with their defensiveness and willingness to go over the top whenever someone attacks us. Looking like it might have to be a 48-minute game for LeBron, who has 12 points and 5 rebounds.

They helped make up for the loss of forward Kevin Love, who lasted five minutes before leaving with a possible concussion after a collision with Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum.

The 14-time All Star James has made the past seven National Basketball Association finals with Miami Heat and Cleveland, and if the Cavaliers become the first team to win on the road in this Eastern Conference finals series, he will be in his eighth.

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His eighth straight NBA Finals sets up as one of his most hard, flanked by a largely unheralded set of teammates who force him to do much more at 33 than most other players are ever asked.

Cleveland finished with the number four seed and were on the brink of elimination in just the first round as they were taken to seven games by the Indiana Pacers.

End of quarter: Celtics 43, Cavs 39: Cavs somehow only down four heading into halftime. He finished with 35 points on 12-of-24 shooting with 15 rebounds and 9 assists.

"It becomes ever more obvious as you go round to round", said Stevens.

"I love the way we defended and for the most part if you take away Game 1 and the second half of Game 2, we've been defending at a high clip", James said.

The home team had one every game in the Eastern Conference Finals and LeBron James made sure his team didn't break that pattern.

The Cavaliers fought off elimination without Kevin Love, who left in the first quarter after colliding with Tatum. 25 first-half points for LeBron.

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