Celtics fail to finish off Cavaliers in Game 6, 109-99

Marcus Newton
May 26, 2018

That second one had James going - he knew the game was sealed. James later finished the exquisite performance with back-to-back 3-pointers in a 40-second span late in the fourth quarter from his patented spot on the left wing to provide the cushion the Cavs needed to finish the job.

The victor of the series will take on either the reigning champion Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets in the championship series. It was the most he has scored in an elimination game and only three points shy of his playoff career high of 49. He remains as among the best, if not the best, players in the game, and his presence in the Cavs' fold is undoubtedly what holds together a team filled with malfunctioning parts.

Boston's struggles in the first half boiled down to them being too predictable offensively following a 3-pointer by Marcus Smart that increased the Celtics' lead to 30-24.

But things were different Friday night in Game 6 at Quicken Loans Arena.

The output wasn't much of a choice, though. James' endurance continues to be an X factor, and he dealt with a blow to his lower right leg when teammate Larry Nance fell into him.

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And now we're headed back to Boston for one final showdown.

Although starters JR Smith, Tristan Thompson and Love provided a grand total of seven points on 3-of-12 shooting for the Cavaliers, George Hill stepped up to deliver 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting and also added three boards and three assists in 34 minutes.

Continuing the series' freaky home/road differences, George Hill gave the Cavs an injection of playmaking.

It was his seventh 40-point game in this year's playoffs. Oh, and he played 46 minutes and only had three turnovers. Catch up on all the top individual performances around the league in the Top Performers series.

"'Game seven' is the best two words in sports and for us to be on the road in another hostile environment where we've had no success up to this point, we should relish the opportunity". Overall, the Cavs shot 47.1 percent from the field, including 39.1 percent from beyond the arc.

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