LeBron shines as Cavaliers down Celtics to level eastern conference finals

Cavs even up the Eastern Conference Finals in Game 4, and now the pressure is really on Boston to win Game 5

Cavs even up the Eastern Conference Finals in Game 4, and now the pressure is really on Boston to win Game 5

Lebron James is going to his eighth straight consecutive finals. The Cavs won 87-79 to advance.

LeBron James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the Cleveland Cavaliers shook off losing All-Star Kevin Love with a head injury and beat the Boston Celtics 109-99 on Friday night to force a Game 7.

"I tried to squeeze the orange until there was no more juice", James told reporters after logging 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists while playing all 48 minutes of the series finale.

"I've been in the league for some years and ran across him on the other side and really hated his guts", said Hill, who was on in teams eliminated by James. "It's been a whirlwind". Many believed this would hurt the Celtics mentally, but they rallied and had a fantastic season. Nobody had ever overcome that deficit in the championship round, and Cleveland had to do it against a team that had won an NBA-record 73 games.

"Last year, we didn't know all that stuff was going to happen, but we do feel we have a bright future with this team", Horford said. The Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James will visit either the Golden State Warriors or the Houston Rockets in Game 1.

James and the Cavaliers will enter the NBA Finals as underdogs no matter who prevails in Monday night's Game 7 between the Rockets and Warriors. "We should relish the opportunity and have fun with it". James may be the only player in National Basketball Association history who gets praised for consistency but pardoned for his biggest failures.

It wasn't until the second half that his supporting cast came to life and the Cavaliers were able to wrestle control back from the Celtics in the low-scoring contest.

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"I haven't really processed the fact about going back to another Finals yet", he said. I have a love for the game. And again he still had 35, 15 and 9.

The only way it would appear Cleveland would have a chance would be if James can summon his highest level, the kind that perhaps no other player can reach - and then do it three more times.

When LeBron James sank a buzzer-beater to flip the Bulls-Cavaliers second-round playoff series in 2015, then-coach Tom Thibodeau summarized the degree of difficulty from James' game-winner over Jimmy Butler.

As well as his 35 points, James finished with 15 rebounds and nine assists, while Jeff Green, who made his first start since the opening game of the first round against IN, recorded 19 points and eight rebounds.

When Irving asked the Cavaliers to trade him, Ainge pounced, giving up fan favorite Isaiah Thomas in a package that left Boston with 11 new players.

James has said he'll sit down after the season ends to decide next move, and he's already being courted in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and NY where fans can only dream of him joining their rosters. Los Angeles, Philadelphia and NY are believed to be ready to pounce if he becomes available.