The Cleveland Cavaliers (3-3) defeated the Boston Celtics (3-3), 109-99, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday night.
Facing a do-or-die elimination game, the Cavaliers came out swinging despite the absence of Kevin Love, who exited in the first half due to a head-to-head collision with Jayson Tatum. The collision ended Love’s night early as he exited to the locker room and never returned, as he was limited to just six minutes of playing time.
LeBron James posted a career-high in an elimination game with 46 points. He also contributed 11 rebounds, nine assists and three steals on 17-of-33 from the field and 5-of-7 frm beyond the arc. He was supported by George Hill’s 20 points, Jeff Green’s 14 points off of the bench and Larry Nance’s 10 points and seven boards.
The Cavaliers literally led from the first quarter until the end of the game as the closest margin the Celtics got within was seven points, which they did repeatedly in the fourth quarter. Boston was led by Terry Rozier’s 28 points and seven assists and Jaylen Brown’s 27 points (15 points in the first quarter alone).
The Celtics struggled at the free-throw line all night (11-of-20, 55 free throw percentage) and were outhustled as the Cavaliers blocked them nine times. The Cavaliers also had 44 rebounds in comparison to the Celtics’ 33 boards.
Game 7 will be played at 8:30 PM EST on Sunday night at TD Garden and the game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
How did the NBA media react to LeBron’s big night as the Cavaliers kept their NBA Finals hopes alive?