A street team finally won a game in the Eastern Conference Finals, and as a result, the Cleveland Cavaliers are in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year. Cleveland defeated the Boston Celtics 87-79 on Sunday night at TD Garden in Boston and cracked the Celtics home game series in this postseason.
LeBron James had 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists and is now in the NBA Finals for an amazing eighth season. Boston led by no less than 12 points in the first half, but Cleveland scrambled her way back thanks to Jeff Green's 19 points and eight rebounds, just his second start of the postseason.
Jayson Tatum scored 24 in defeat for the Celtics.
The NBA finals begin on Thursday in either Houston or Golden State. The Rockets and Warriors decide on Monday evening in Houston for the Western Conference Finals with their own Game 7.
Cavaliers 87, Celtics 79 (Final)
Cleveland is in the NBA final for the fourth consecutive year and LeBron James is went to an eighth straight final. He delivered the dagger with a moving layup while being fouled.
Cavaliers 76, Celtics 73 (3:47, 4Q)
The fourth quarter was back and forth. Jayson Tatum, a rookie by the way, has another unbelievable 24-point game and a personal 5-0 sprint gave the Celtics a short lead. The highlight was this hammer on LeBron James.
Cavaliers 67, Celtics 66 (9:1
Boston is home 10-0 this season, so it's no surprise that they answered with an 8-2 run to open the last quarter , Al Horford has 17 points, including a three-point game at the end of this avenue:
Cavaliers 59, Celtics 56 (late 3Q)
We are 12 minutes away (maybe) from the decision of the Eastern Conference rep in the NBA Finals, and Cleveland has a head start in the fourth. LeBron James has 23 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, and his three in the last minute of the third quarter broke a tie.
Cavaliers 56, Celtics 53 (2:55, 3Q)
Cleveland uses a 9-0 race to build a lead, and LeBron James is right in the middle of it all. Not only on the offensive. Ask Terry Rozier:
Then James admired his work the way you do.
Cavaliers 53, Celtics 51 (4:20, 3Q)
Jeff Green started the first playoff game for Cleveland, scoring No Points in 26 minutes against Indiana. His second Postsason start for the Cavs is tonight and he makes the most of it. Green scored 15 points on 6 of 10 shoots and five rebounds as the Cavs scored their biggest lead: two points.
And the Oscar goes to …
Marcus Smart pulled an offensive foul on LeBron James in the last minute of the second quarter, after James's blow hit the ground. But what made this game great was not just Smart's flop after his face was not touched at all …
That was a Rocky III level performance, priced by Smart, but what really took it to the next level, was after he resold the piece, but set his jaw down.
Add Chef's Kiss Emoji here. Just brilliant work.
Celtics 43, Cavaliers 39 (Halftime)
Boston scored up to 12 in the first half and takes advantage of the break, despite Cleveland taking the lead. Long-range shooting was unfortunate, with the Cavaliers only 2-for-17 (11.8%) out of the three-point area and the Celtics 4-for-19 (21.1%).
Remember, as Aron Baynes has reminded us, it is important to look before sitting down.
Celtics 39, Cavaliers 37 (1:45, 2Q)
Cleveland used a 12-2 run to stay close, with LeBron's supporting cast helping to contribute. Jeff Green has seven points in the 3-of-5 shoot, and George Hill is channeling George Gervin with this finger scroll:
Celtics 35, Cavaliers 23 (6:47, 2Q)
Boston has expanded its lead. LeBron James has 14 points on 5 of 10 shooting, but his teammates are only 3-for-15. That seems pretty bad.
The Cavaliers are now 0-6 on LeBron passes. All 6 attempts were 3-point. 5 out of 6 were not disputed.
– ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 28, 2018
Celtics 26, Cavaliers 18 (late 1Q)
Boston finished the first quarter on a 9-0 run. Jayson Tatum was in the lead with nine in the early stages, and Al Horford took eight on three out of four.
Celtics 17, Cavaliers 16 (2:58, 1Q)
LeBron James briefly gave Cleveland a lead with this ride layup and one in circulation. He has 12 points to lead all.
But Boston directly took the lead, as noted by Mike Breen on ESPN, there were only 14 leadership changes in the entire series .
Celtics 13, Cavaliers 10 (5:06, 1Q)
A tradition continues for Celtics striker Al Horford.
Celtics 11, Cavaliers 4 (8:19, 1Q)
Boston has a hot start for the House crowd, with Jayson Tatum as the trailblazer. He has seven points in the first four minutes, only four shots.
Game 7 Shirts
Celtics fans at TD Garden wear this "Game Face" T-shirt for Game 7, which is a haunting image of Mr. Howell of Gilligan's Island
Whatever suits you
The Cavs have taken their matching pregame suits before Game 7 In this series, grab a strong loss of three Straight Straights after you wore the suits.
We have a final winner-winning competition to the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals with the Boston Celtics to decide the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 on Sunday night at the TD Garden (8:30 pm ET, ESPN ).
So far, the home team has won all six games in this series, including Cleveland's 109-99 victory on Friday night to even things at 3-3. LeBron James was phenomenal, scoring 46 points and taking 11 rebounds. He has seven 40-point games this postseason, as many as any other active NBA player in their career.
"There's something else about LeBron, point," said Larry Nance Jr. of the Associated Press on Friday. "I think (Coach Tyronn Lue) said it best: we're going to Game 7 with the most tedious guy on our planet. I like our chances."
James has a stellar record in elimination games during his career and in his career 5-2 in Games 7 averaged 34.9 points per game. His teams have won the last five games 7 of his career. His last game 7-loss came in 2008, coincidentally also to the Celtics in Boston.
James faces a difficult task on Sunday night, with Celtics 10-0 at home this postseason.
Cleveland's task is even tougher without Kevin Love, who was placed in the concussion protocol and will miss Game 7. Love averaged 12.5 points and 9.8 rebounds in the series, one of only three Cavaliers averaging double-digit Conference Finals.
Sunday night is the second game 7 for both teams in this postseason. Cleveland outlasted the Pacers and Boston beat the Bucks, each in the first round.
The winner on Sunday deserves a trip to the NBA Finals, which starts on Thursday, May 31 in Houston or Golden State.
Celtics vs. Cavaliers Game 7 info
Location: TD Garden, Boston
Play time: 20:30 ET
Announcer: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Doris Burke
Online Stream: Watch ESPN