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".
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.
Houston provides update on Chris Paul's injury
Paul has been sidelined by a hamstring injury on four occasions during his career, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Just too many turnovers, too many reaches, and if we settle down a little bit, we're going to be in really good shape".
Oil Traders Brace For Renewed Sanctions On Iran
USA bank Morgan Stanley said it had raised its Brent price forecast to $90 per barrel by 2020 due to a steady increase in demand. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $71.67 a barrel, up 18 cents, or 0.3 percent, from their last settlement.
College men's golf: Saints delayed at NCAA championship
No. 27 UNF is now third at 5-under, while No. 33 Pepperdine is second at 7-under and No. 3-ranked Oklahoma is first at 9-under. Head coach Mike McGraw has now led teams to NCAA Championships in 19 of 21 years in Division I coaching.
Buhari greets Muslims on Ramadan fast
Muslims in India, Pakistan and Bangaldesh normally begin Ramzan fasting a day later than Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries. In the Middle East, worshippers pack mosques for nightly prayers before heading home to watch Ramadan television specials.
Liverpool out to end Real hegemony in Champions League final
This club has it in its DNA that it can really go for the big things. "I love that side of it because it motivates me a lot". Salah never settled and was eventually discarded by the west London club after only 13 appearances under Jose Mourinho.
Senate Democrats push to reinstate 'net neutrality' rules
And Democratic congressional leaders are well aware that those voters could tip vital local, state and national races this fall. Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and his majority caucus are rigidly pro-corporate; they will erect every possible roadblock.
Lucas Glover 911 call: 'My wife has gone crazy'
Once inside, she allegedly "began screaming while forcefully kicking the rear driver's side door", causing damage to the vehicle . John's County Sherriff's Department arrived at their home in Ponte Verde Beach, Florida, according to USA Today .