Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Boston Celtics stumble offensively in most costly road loss yet

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Sidney Guerrero | 26 May, 2018, 15:26

James scored 46 points on 17 of 33 shooting for the Cavaliers, who are looking to dispose of the Celtics at this stage of the tournament for the second straight year.

But as good as he was, he's not the reason the Cleveland Cavaliers' season remains alive following a 109-99 win over Boston to stave off playoff elimination.

And he's just one more 40-point playoff game away from tying yet another National Basketball Association record.

It was his supporting cast who delivered a collective superstar performance that catapulted Cleveland to a victory to tie the series that forces a winner-take-all Game 7 at Boston on Sunday night.

How confident should the Celtics be going back home for Game 7? It'll air at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

If you asked the Celtics at the beginning of the postseason if they'd like to have one game on the floor for a trip to The Finals, they'd surely have accepted it. James responded with a primal scream that sent a message to the young Celtics: If you want my mantle, you're going to have to take it. His always stellar free throw percentage was at 83% though he only got to the line 7.8 times per game (lowest of any championship run for him).

Those who recognize LeBron as the greatest player of all-time will have even more ammunition.

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"Well, initially, he's been putting Ojeleye in", Lue said of Stevens after the game Wednesday. Hill is shooting just 31 percent and averaging 5.0 points in the three losses in Boston this series.

Cleveland led for most of the last 2 1/2 quarters, although the Celtics made things interesting in the fourth quarter when they cut the deficit to seven on multiple occasions.

They did. The Celtics came rumbling out to start the game, attacking the basket.

The Celtics actually won the first quarter, 25-20, which had been a recipe for success in the series. "We have to go get it". The Truth says that while Tatum has looked unflappable in postseason play, he thought the pressure of the playoffs became too overwhelming for someone like Ben Simmons. But he turned the ball over six times in Game 5, seven times in Game 1 and six times in Game 2 - all losses.

If the first five games of the Eastern Conference Finals are any indication, the Game 6 result isn't hard to predict. Oh, and he played 46 minutes and only had three turnovers. He had a 44-point Game 4 in these conference finals at home.

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

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

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