Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

7 stats explaining how the Cavaliers won Game 6

7 stats explaining how the Cavaliers won Game 6

As we've seen all series long, the Cleveland Cavaliers were a different team at home compared to the miserable wreck they've been on the road in Boston. James scored 26 points on 11-for-22 shooting with 10 rebounds and five assists.

In 2014, he had 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in Game 6 for Miami, which went on to win Game 7 and the National Basketball Association title. A 94-85 win at TD Garden that sent the C's to the Eastern Conference finals and caused James to pack his bags and head to the Miami Heat.

The real possibility that James was playing his last game in Cleveland hung over the game - and this city - in the hours leading to tip-off.

"The love of the game causes reactions like that", James said after the Cavaliers' 109-99 victory.

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And by not rotating off James's teammates, Boston is less likely to get beat from beyond the three-point line.

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. Now, the series goes to a Game 7, or as James calls it, "the best two words in sports", in Boston.

"A lot of our guys have a comfort level of being back home and playing off the fans and playing off our crowd, playing off that court, being more comfortable being back home for Game 6", James said.

Midway through the first, a double-team on Horford resulted in a short jumper for Marcus Morris. He said that Brad Stevens, the Celtics' coach, had mixed up his own rotations and that "kind of threw us for a loop". We needed that, especially with Kevin going down. "But, like I said, we're looking forward to it".

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Rozier dropped 28 points and Jaylen Brown fired27 for the Celtics, who led by 5 at the end of a spirited first quarter before James totally took over. When Kevin Love collided with Jayson Tatum 5:02 into the game and went out for the night to be examined for a concussion, it certainly was a blow to the Cavs.

James will need to add another vintage game to his illustrious résumé Sunday if he plans to continue dragging the Cavaliers' collection of unreliable role players to what would be James' eighth consecutive NBA Finals appearance and the Cavs' fourth.

They did. The Celtics came rumbling out to start the game, attacking the basket. The Celtics won the bout 96-83, taking a 3-2 lead in the series.

The Cavs scored 89 points on just 67 possessions (1.33 points per possession) after the first quarter and the Celtics couldn't keep up. I have a passion for the game, and while I have the opportunity to lace my shoes up and put a uniform on, then I try to go out and do my job to the best of my ability.

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James also passed Karl Malone for sixth place all-time in playoff rebounds.

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