Cavaliers Beat Celtics 87-79, Reach NBA Finals


James played all 48 minutes of the game, scoring 35 points while recording 15 rebounds and nine assists.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, James' opponent in the last three NBA Finals and arguably his biggest late-career individual rival, wasn't hearing that kind of talk after the Cleveland Cavaliers eliminated the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

Although they couldn't keep that up, Harden said, the Rockets remain confident they can close out the series on their home floor on Monday and return to the NBA Finals for the first time since Houston won back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995. His first-quarter outburst helped Boston build an early 12-point lead and Tatum briefly helped the Celtics rally ahead in the fourth quarter before James assured his eighth straight trip to the Finals. "That's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell".

Cleveland All-Star forward-center Kevin Love missed Game 7 with concussion-like symptoms.

"But what I'm seeing and witnessing in LeBron James is a complete basketball player dominating this period of time".

Al Horford finished with 17 points and Jaylen Brown had 13 but he was just three-of-12 from the three-point line. The Rockets will not pull off the Game 7 win if they make those mistakes.

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Cleveland became the first team to win on the road in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference championship series and the first to beat the Celtics at home in the postseason.

LBJ's reign in the east continues and he'll now go in search of his fourth ring with a fourth successive meeting with the Golden State Warriors on the cards.

LeBron James did eventually establish his pace, putting the game on ice, but not because Tatum crumbled under pressure. "(But) they found a way to get it done. Getting off to a good start is important, going into halftime with a good lead and then finishing strong in the second half will be key. "I think when you have so many challenges and things throughout the year that we've had and people have had around here - individual stuff, team stuff - and then you come out in really tough playoffs, full rounds, just there's really something special about it". For the most part, I thought we were pretty good at that. Boston was 7 for 39 from 3-point range, with Rozier missing all 10 of his attempts.

Nonsense, all of it, as much so as the ill-conceived corporate marketing campaign from a couple of decades ago declaring that Olympians don't win silver, they lose gold.

"I mean, the bigger the stage, the bigger the player, and he's been doing it for us since we've been here", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.