Celtics fail to finish off Cavaliers in Game 6, 109-99

Celtics fail to finish off Cavaliers in Game 6, 109-99

Kevin Love will have to pass more tests before he will be cleared to play again after leaving Friday's Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals following a head-to-head collision with Boston's Jayson Tatum, according to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic.

George Hill enjoyed his best game of the series for the Cavaliers with 20 points, while reserve Jeff Green chipped in 14 and Larry Nance Jr. hit for 10 points. That helped the Cavaliers pull out a 109-99 victory. James later finished the exquisite performance with back-to-back 3-pointers in a 40-second span late in the fourth quarter from his patented spot on the left wing to provide the cushion the Cavs needed to finish the job.

But things were different Friday night in Game 6 at Quicken Loans Arena. The Rockets lead the Western Conference finals 3-2. Seventeen of those points came in the second quarter, when he made his first three 3-pointers of the game and attempted his first six free throws.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens could only chuckle when asked if it ever comes into his mind that his team is facing a generational talent like James.

And he's just one more 40-point playoff game away from tying yet another National Basketball Association record.

James, playing in perhaps his final game for the Cavs in Cleveland, delivered another sensational performance - he added 11 rebounds and nine assists while playing all but two minutes - to avoid elimination and delay any decisions about his future. Overall, the Cavs shot 47.1 percent from the field, including 39.1 percent from beyond the arc.

Terry Rozier paced the Celtics with 28 points, and Jaylen Brown had 27. Overall, Boston was efficient, shooting 51.4 percent from the floor and also managed to convert 42.9 percent of their three-point opportunities.

The Celtics have lost just one game in front of their home crowd in these playoffs.

"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.

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