LeBron James’ 46-point game stuns Boston, forces game seven

LeBron James’ 46-point game stuns Boston, forces game seven

That's what I kept thinking while watching the Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics, 109-99, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.

James dropped 17 points and went 6-of-12 from the field in the first half, scoring almost half of Clevelands first half points.

I just have no idea if the other Cavs can deliver a passing grade in Boston.

George Hill has been a different player in opposing venues throughout the first six games of the East Finals - and he enjoyed the home cooking on Friday night, finishing with 20 points on an efficient 7-for-12 shooting from the floor and flawless 6-of-6 from the line, adding three boards, three assists and a pair of steals.

Australia's Aron Baynes had his quietest game of the series, playing just 18 minutes and going scoreless while grabbing four rebounds.

"Yeah, every time we watch". He scored the Cavs' opening basket and never looked back, finishing with 46 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and three steals.

"We know it is a challenge on their home floor", James said.

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.

After Cleveland was ahead 76-73 with 4:44 to go, Boston missed its next nine field-goal attempts as the Cavs opened the lead to 86-74 heading into the final seconds.

James, 33, is headed to his eighth consecutive NBA Finals and Lue says, given the circumstances, his masterpiece last night ranks up there with anything he has ever accomplished in the playoffs. The Warriors won Game 3 on Sunday night by 41, the largest margin of victory in franchise history. This would obviously be a big loss for the Cavs.

Boston had a chance to take the Eastern Conference crown from James on Friday night, but the star forward got just enough help from his supporting cast to hold off a late Celtics rally before scoring 14 fourth-quarter points to throw the knockout punch.

After a bright start by the Celtics, who took the first quarter 25-20, the Cavaliers led from midway through the second quarter.

And the rest of the Cavs' starters combined for 27 points after losing Love just five minutes into the game.

"I mean, the bigger the stage, the bigger the player, and he's been doing it for us since we've been here", Lue said. Take J.R. Smith and Hill, who have played 125 and 97 postseason games, respectively.

But Jeff Green, elevated to a starting role due to Love's injury, hit one of his two 3-pointers, and James fed Tristan Thompson the next trip down as the Cavaliers went back up four.

Especially when you consider that Brad Stevens' Celtics squad has won all three games at Boston in this series, and they won all of those games by at least 13 points.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens considered changing his starting lineup, but made a decision to stick with the same first five - Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris, Al Horford, and Terry Rozier - as the first three games.

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