Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Celtics open as slight betting favorites vs Cavs in Game 7

Celtics open as slight betting favorites vs Cavs in Game 7

James became the 13th athlete in the four major US professional sports - the NBA, NHL, MLB and National Football League - to make it to eight straight championship series, joining seven Montreal Canadiens players and five former Celtics, according to data compiled by ESPN Stats & Information.

James dragged an injured and inconsistent Cavaliers team out of the Eastern Conference and back to the NBA Finals, where they will be an underdog against whichever team wins Game 7 in the West on Monday.

James played all 48 minutes of the game, scoring 35 points while recording 15 rebounds and nine assists.

It was a superhuman effort by the four-time MVP but the Cavaliers needed everything from him to end Boston's unbeaten home run in the playoffs. Love threw one of his patented "touchdown" passes in the first quarter to James, who outmaneuvered Smart and Brown like a wide receiver to make the catch and score.

Cleveland took their first lead of the game at 34-33 only four minutes into the second following a LeBron James three and they never looked back.

3-Point Goals: 9-23, .391 (James 5-7, Korver 2-3, Green 1-3, Smith 1-5, Clarkson 0-1, Love 0-1, Hill 0-3). Tristan Thompson was a flawless 4-of-4 from the field and contributed 10 points and nine rebounds.

Boston won its three games at home and the Cavs proved to be unbeatable in Cleveland.

"They have been very successful against us at home, but we love challenges and this is a great opportunity". Whether guys play or not, I believe when we put them in that they'll help us. Jaylen Brown scored 27 for Boston, who led by five at the end of a spirited first quarter but finally had no answer for James.

As well as his 35 points, James finished with 15 rebounds and nine assists, while Jeff Green, who made his first start since the opening game of the first round against IN, recorded 19 points and eight rebounds.

LeBron James stood below the baseline and glared at Terry Rozier, seemingly incredulous that the Boston Celtics' young point guard would have the audacity to try to dunk in transition with James in the vicinity.

"I mean, the bigger the stage, the bigger the player, and he's been doing it for us since we've been here", said Lue.

Precocious wing Tatum shook off a slow start to score 15 points on 7-for-13 shooting with three rebounds and two assists. He played the game's first 35 minutes before resting, expending enormous energy to keep the Cavs alive. He had to be helped to the sideline and at halftime the Cavaliers said he wouldn't return.

Throughout the conference finals series with the Celtics, LBJ's much-maligned supporting cast were non-existent on the road during their three defeats but they stepped up huge when it mattered most. "Right around the trade deadline, no matter if we made a trade or not at that point in time, I kind of just switched my mindset on saying, 'Let's get this most out of this season I can.' I'm determined to get the most". He went to the locker room and was eventually ruled out of the game.

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