Three takeaways from the Cavaliers' Game 6 win over the Celtics

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James roars in delight after nailing a three-pointer against the Boston Celtics

When the game victor at the buzzer in Game 5 against the Indiana Pacers fell through the net in the first round - a step-back 3-pointer that probably ended up tipping the series in the Cavs' favor - James jumped on the scorer's table to lead the celebration.

James completed a phenomenal 46 minutes as the Cavs deputised without Kevin Love, who left for the locker room just a few minutes into the game to be tested for a potential concussion.

The Celtics couldn't recapture their first-quarter rhythm, they didn't get Horford in the post once in the second quarter, and a 20-4 Cleveland run was ultimately the difference in the game.

Boston took a haymaker from James in Game 2 and still managed to blow past the Cleveland Cavaliers to take a 2-0 series lead.

Boston won its three games at home and the Cavs proved to be unbeatable in Cleveland. There is Michael Jordan, there is LeBron James, and there is no one else. May 25 at Quicken Loans Arena, Tyronn Lue is confident James will be rejuvenated and ready to go. "We needed him to be big and he was big".

"It feels good to just to be able to play for another game", James said. The Celtics kept battling, cutting the lead into single digits on multiple occasions in the fourth quarter, but it never really felt like they had a chance to win, and that's because of LeBron James.




"It's about just winning the game now".

The series is where it is because the Celtics won Game 5 96-83, even though they shot just 36 percent from the field.

"We as role guys have to step up and play", Hill said. The Cavaliers made 15 turnovers compared to eight for the Celtics.

And by not rotating off James's teammates, Boston is less likely to get beat from beyond the three-point line. There was something different - nearly emotional - however, about his effort on Friday in a game in which his co-star, Kevin Love, played in just five minutes due to a first-quarter collision. He had a 44-point Game 4 in these conference finals at home. So, heading into Game 6, with an extra level of desperation in the Cleveland Cavaliers facing elimination, there was an obvious "survive the first quarter" thought from pundits as priority No. 1 for the Celtics.

Although starters JR Smith, Tristan Thompson and Love provided a grand total of seven points on 3-of-12 shooting for the Cavaliers, George Hill stepped up to deliver 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting and also added three boards and three assists in 34 minutes. "It's up to us to see if we can come back here for one more".

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