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Does a Game 6 Loss Mean LeBron Is Done in Cleveland?

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James scored 35 points as the Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics 87-79 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said that amid all the upheaval with trades in and out, James had been a true leader.

There was nothing more to be said.

James can't control the weather outside the arena, but he sure can inside it. Baynes hardly played the second half and finished with zero points and four rebounds in 18 minutes.

As what can be seen on the figure above, James is easily smoking the numbers his predecessors have put up in their own great playoff runs during their respective 15th seasons in the National Basketball Association. But, hey, there's time for rest in his next life.

"I didn't think we were great in either game - bad in Game 3". Even as the springy Rozier launched at the basket in transition, James simply rose up and smothered the attempt late in the third quarter.

"It's been a satisfaction in the fact that I like to be successful", James said when asked about his continued dominance of the Eastern Conference.

James weathered an early storm by the visiting C's, and took over the game by playing point-center with an energetic, defensively active reserve-heavy second unit early in the second quarter. "But more importantly, just the work that I put into it". J.R. Smith added 12 points. Do you know where your starting backcourt is?

As the series shifts to a Game 7, a moment LeBron labels the "best two words in sports", one of the games greatest players may have one more trick up his sleeve.

It was the same old story, with a new twist.

Rozier dropped 28 points and Jaylen Brown fired27 for the Celtics, who led by 5 at the end of a spirited first quarter before James totally took over.

With the Cavs facing elimination without Kevin Love, who left the game with a possible concussion in the first quarter, James put on an absolute clinic. If we've said it once, we'll say it another five times. If that comes to pass, the true challenge will be finding a way to buck the trend of the series and get a win when they head back to Boston for Game 7.

Boston's starters held their own, but none of them was able to match James when it mattered most. Best player in the game.

He's increased his scoring by six points per game while also cutting down on turnovers, and LeBron has reeled off six 40+ point games this postseason (the Cavs are 4-1 in those games).

The last time LeBron did that? That was in the first round a few weeks ago. He also pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out nine assists.

James, 33, is headed to his eighth consecutive NBA Finals and Lue says, given the circumstances, his masterpiece last night ranks up there with anything he has ever accomplished in the playoffs.

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