As we’ve seen all series long, the Cleveland Cavaliers were a different team at home compared to the miserable wreck they’ve been on the road in Boston. Thanks to the efforts of LeBron James (and his rejuvenated teammates), this series has been pushed to Game 7 in Boston Sunday night.
James led all scorers in this one, finishing with 46 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, and he hit the dagger in this one.
LeBron. NAILS. And the mean mug. pic.twitter.com/NE3UVdRKtR
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) May 26, 2018
Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Dwyane Wade each have 7 40-point games in their playoff careers.
LeBron has 7 this postseason alone haha
— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) May 26, 2018
"Y'all thought I was gonna lose tonight?" pic.twitter.com/brVFCSNxP4
— Stadium (@Stadium) May 26, 2018
King James also made one of his signature chase-down blocks that had our jaws on the floor, and then he amused some fans with a huge reaction to getting banged up, prompting some hilarious posts on social media.
Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown both had big games in the loss, going for 28 and 7 points, respectively.
Now, if Cleveland is going to make it to its fourth straight NBA Finals, it has to do something it has yet to do in this series. It has to win in Boston. And the Cavs might be without Kevin Love, who was knocked out of Game 6 with a possible concussion.
Needless to say, Game 7 is setting up to be quite the dramatic scene on Sunday night. Twitter had plenty to say about that, and about the man that sent this series to the brink.
Just in case … LeBron in Game 7s
Loss to Detroit in 2006
Loss to Boston in 2008
Win over Boston in 2012
Win over Indiana in 2013
Win over San Antonio in 2013
Win over Golden State in 2016
Win over Indiana in 2018
Averages: 34.9 pts, 9.1 reb, 5.1 ast, 45 minutes per game.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) May 26, 2018
LeBron James is so good that the history of the #NBA will be measured as B.L. and A.L.
— Jeremy Sickel (@JeremySickel) May 26, 2018
Let's enjoy him while we can. Special.
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) May 26, 2018
I think LeBron is as good as he’s ever been. In his 15th season.
— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonFL) May 26, 2018
You guys doubt LeBron is the GOAT?
— Carmichael Dave 🇺🇸 (@CarmichaelDave) May 26, 2018
Just realized LeBron will be my favorite athlete forever and am very comfortable with that
— Kyle Koster (@KyleKoster) May 26, 2018
The MVP trophy should have LeBron James’ name engraved on it until he retires.
— Jonah Tuls (@JonahTulsNFL) May 26, 2018
This has been a home team wins kinda series right? But do you really trust this C’s team with its lack of playoff experience to beat Cleveland in Boston in Game 7?
— Ebenezer Samuel (@ebenezersamuel) May 26, 2018
Van Gundy: "If (LeBron) gets this Cavalier team to the finals, it will be a remarkable accomplishment."
Jackson: "You could make the case, a better accomplishment than winning a championship in the past."
HE'S PLAYING A TEAM WITHOUT ITS TWO BEST PLAYERS
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) May 26, 2018
“And don’t tell me homecourt doesn’t matter.” – Jeff Van Gundy
The Celtics are 10-0 at home during the playoffs. Who is telling you homecourt doesn’t matter?
— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) May 26, 2018
Cleveland's 9-point win in Game 4 is the closest final score of this series. Can the basketball gods give us a real crunch time on Sunday? Please?
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) May 26, 2018