Boston, Massachusetts, USA: Lebron James played all 48 minutes, scoring 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 win over the Boston Celtics and eliminating Boston from the Eastern Conference finals in the decisive seventh game, at TD Garden in Boston on Sunday night.
This will be the sixth straight Game 7 win for Lebron James – to set up his eighth straight NBA Finals appearance.
Jayson Tatum (24 points and seven rebounds) and Al Horford (17 points) spearheaded Boston’s effort, but their teammates went missing as the Celtics shot an abysmal 7-of-39 (17.9 percent) from deep.
Marcus Morris added 14 with 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who led 72-71 with six minutes remaining before the Cavaliers scored 15 of the next 17 points to pull away.
The Boston Celtics were looking to return to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. Al Horford scored 17 points.
In making four straight finals, Cavaliers joins the Celtics (two occasions), Los Angeles Lakers, and Miami Heat as the only franchises to accomplish that milestone. The Golden State Warriors could become the sixth team to make four-straight Finals appearances if they defeat the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals on Monday. James Harden and company will be at the Target Center to try and make sure that does not happen in Houston.
The Cavaliers turn their attention to a fourth straight NBA Finals, which starts Thursday. They will face the winner of Monday’s Game 7 between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets and could have the chance to avenge last season’s loss to the Warriors.
The Rockets host the seventh game of the Western conference finals on Monday night.