The Celtics made a late push, but James snuffed it out with massive back-to- back three-pointers in the final two minutes. "We look forward to having an opportunity to force a Game 7 (in Boston May 27)".
James isn't going to go away quietly.
"Not at all", he said. "They're resilient, no matter who's been in the lineup, no matter the different type of lineups we've had throughout the course of the postseason or even the regular season, we're just trying to find an ability to win". "Go back home, backs against the wall".
The victor of the series advances to meet the victor of the Western Conference Finals - the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets - for the NBA Championship. The Rockets lead the Western Conference finals 3-2.
With James on the bench to open the fourth quarter, the Celtics pushed a 16-point lead to 21. He played the game's first 35 minutes before resting, expending enormous energy to keep the Cavs alive.
James has cast a spell on this playoff series, which has the Celtics spending much time debating whether it makes sense to stop him or simply resign themselves to him getting his and to try to shut down everyone else.
"I didn't see him coming, it was bad", Tatum said.
"It's my first year". We needed that, especially with Kevin going down. Appearing on Dale & Keefe Thursday, Mannix said he believes Golden State is the better matchup. He has gone to the last seven, including the past three with the Cavs.
The Cavs' head coach explained what happened after the game.
And the Celtics' big Australian center didn't just help clean up the boards. Technical fouls were then assessed to Morris, Nance and Terry Rozier.
When the best player in the world is wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform, it is easy to ignore the other good players on the court.
"Yeah, that has to be our mindset", said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. "So now we've got to go home, win game six and come back here for game seven".