LeBron goes off to set up a winner-take-all Game 7

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His eighth straight NBA Finals sets up as one of his most hard, flanked by a largely unheralded set of teammates who force him to do much more at 33 than most other players are ever asked.

The Cleveland Cavaliers face elimination against the Boston Celtics tonight in Game 6 of the 2018 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals.

"I tried to squeeze the orange until there was no more juice", James told reporters after logging 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists while playing all 48 minutes of the series finale.

Elite in all facets of the game, James controlled the tempo and stepped up defensively to stop Boston's young, athletic line-up at TD Garden. Making his first start since the first-round opener against Indiana, Green scored 19 points and added eight rebounds - the star of James' starless supporting cast.

By the midway point of the second quarter, the Celtics had built up a 12-point lead, and were threatening to run away with the game before halftime. He's not only done it all so that everything feels like it's been said about him, but he has done it all at such a superlative level that you run out of effective modifiers to describe his accomplishments.

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James went flying into the stands with less than nine minutes left in the first quarter trying to deflect a full-court pass out of bounds.

"I felt some pain throughout my entire right side of my ankle into my leg", he said. "This (Boston) team was undefeated in the postseason at home, and for us to be able to do this, and for me to be able to lead these guys, it's a treat".

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"As much as I was passing in the first half and guys weren't knocking them down, I believed in the second half they would".

However, he did get a lot of help as George Hill, Jeff Green, Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson and Kyle Korver combined to score 56 points in the victory.

Celtics: Tatum is the first rookie to have 10 or more playoff games with at least 20 points since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1970. "I can't say enough good things about him".

"We have an opportunity to play for a championship", James said.

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

With six minutes left on the clock, the Celtics were ahead at 72-71 - but the Cavs scored 15 of the next 17 points to pull ahead and secure the win. I mean, best player in the game.

BC-BKN-Cavaliers-Celtics, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 631LeBron's 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA FinalsAP Photo BXG114, BXG138, BXG137, BXG135, BXG131, BXG129, BXG158, BXG153, BXG152Eds: Cavaliers 87, Celtics 79.

Expect a more focused and energized LeBron to come out the gate with his team down 3-2 and in an elimination position. We needed that, especially when Kevin went down.

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