LeBron turned on the jets in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics today, turning the series narrative completely on its head and handing Boston its first - and only - home court loss this post-season.
In his 15 year in the NBA, James is still averaging a league-high 33.9 points per game (PPG) in the playoffs so far.
If the seven players who carried the Celtics to the brink of the last dance represented the sole returning talent next year, we'd still be talking about them as potential finalists.
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"Yeah, I think I'll have plenty of time to talk about next year", Stevens said after the game.
James and Horford embraced after the buzzer, then the Cavaliers donned National Basketball Association final hats and Eastern Conference championship shirts before shuffling off the court to receive their trophy.
The game seemed to break open for the Cavaliers after James' young rival Jason Tatum dunked right over him with 6:45 left in the game, bringing the Celtics to within two points of the Cavs.
The Celtics had won each of their first three home games of the series in convincing fashion, taking a first half lead and holding Cleveland off the rest of the way.
Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love has a concussion and will miss Game 7.
Green could be knocked after every Finals game, but you can't take Game 7 away from him. Horford led the charge as the Celtics took a 26-18 at the end of the first quarter.
Lue bought James a little extra time in the fourth quarter by following a Celtics timeout by calling one of his own - giving James at least seven minutes to recover. He clearly admires and respects Tatum's game, and he wanted to convey that message.
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Horford scored 14 points and Tatum had 11 in the first half for the Celtics who up until Sunday had played with more intensity and aggressiveness at home during this postseason. But it would be Boston's last basket for more than five minutes while Cleveland went on a 15-2 run to put the game away.
- With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not sit out. Just in the moment, made a play.
"It's been a satisfaction in the fact that I like to be successful", James said when asked about his continued dominance of the Eastern Conference.
The NBA Finals begin Thursday at either Houston or Golden State.
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Cleveland finished with a 44-31 advantage in rebounding, including 15-5 on the offensive boards, and went 18-of-22 at the stripe. Love was placed in the league's concussion protocol and his status for the finals is to be determined.