Behold LeBron James, regardless of what's next

29 May 2018, 12:49 | Kristine Mills

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James right celebrates a basket during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics Sunday

LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers have pulled off a major upset knocking out favourites Boston Celtics in game seven at TD Garden to secure a fourth straight Eastern Conference championship for the club.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the plan was to wear James out.

LeBron James was dominant as ever in Game 6, going off for a series-high 46 points and narrowly missing his second triple-double of the series.

In a way, it felt like it encapsulated Game 7: a gritty 87-79 win for the Cleveland Cavaliers to advance to the NBA Finals. "So just to be in my first year, to be able to compete against a player like him and be a few shots away from beating him and his team to go to the championship, that's something I'll always remember". "For somebody to go through this their first time and go through a full National Basketball Association season - he played I think pretty much every game".

JR Smith canned some key three-pointers on the night - finishing with 12 points on 3-of-8 shooting from long-range, adding four boards, a steal and a blocked shot. A Boston win will keep their 2018 postseason home unbeaten streak intact and send them to the NBA Finals with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward not playing.

"So, everybody knows, obviously what we want to happen and we'll take the Finals first and take it from there". He declined to compare the energy he has used this season to prior ones, but it is obvious that putting this particular team on his back has been draining. "I wanted it. I just voiced my opinion in certain timeouts and got back on the floor and had fun and had joy with the game". This is a team that made a franchise-changing trade last summer, remade the roster at the trade deadline, finished 29th in defensive rating in the regular season and nearly lost a seven-game series against the Indiana Pacers in the first round.

"It was asked of me tonight to play the whole game, and I just tried to figure out how I could get through it".

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James off the court after embracing Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum following the Cavaliers' 87-79 victory in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Sunday
Cavs heading to NBA Finals after LeBron dominates Celtics

It starts with this: No James, no trip to The NBA Finals. He called James' Finals streak "ridiculous", especially considering the pressure and scrutiny James is under.

Love's replacement starter, Jeff Green, scored 19 points with eight rebounds and one assist.

"I think they have a great core, even with their main guys out. But that's how much belief these guys instilled in all of us".

Al Horford finished with 17 points and Jaylen Brown had 13 but he was just three-of-12 from the three-point line.

"This is a heck of an accomplishment for our ballclub - without our All-Star power forward (Kevin Love), as well, for basically two games".

Jayson Tatum scored 24 points to lead the Celtics, who lost at home for the first time this postseason in 11 games. They traded Isaiah Thomas for Kyrie Irving, who was eager to prove that he could succeed as his team's best player after years of being LeBron's sidekick in Cleveland.

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