LeBron James at his brilliant best as Cleveland Cavaliers force decider

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James, playing in perhaps his final game for the Cavs in Cleveland, added 11 rebounds and nine assists while playing all but two minutes - to avoid elimination and delay any decisions about where he'll continue his remarkable career next season.

And he would not be denied an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals.

Terry Rozier III and the Celtics were able to cut their deficit to seven but they just couldn't get over the hump and overcome their second quarter woes, as the Cavaliers go onto to win, 109-99, to force a Game 7 in Boston on Sunday night.

Al Horford finished with 17 points and Jaylen Brown had 13 but he was just 3-of-12 from the 3-point line.

"I mean, the bigger the stage, the bigger the player, and he's been doing it for us since we've been here", said Lue. 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.

That stay-in-the-moment mindset has served them well all season and becomes even more important following a Game 6 loss Friday night, a game in which the Celtics did a lot of what they were intending to do in order to give themselves a shot at winning. 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.

Boston had taken the early advantage, leading 25-20 by the end of the first quarter, but the Cavs made a tremendous fightback, a James three-pointer eight minutes into the second giving Cleveland their first lead of the night.

Love did not return to the game.

Because they have the best basketball player on the planet, and far and away the best player in this series.

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"We're trying to knock off a group with a number of champions and a generational player", Boston coach Brad Stevens said before the game.

The NBA Finals begin Thursday at either Houston or Golden State.

"I'll be available for at least four more games", James said, "and we'll see what happens".

There's not much you can do when James is putting on all-time performances like that.

James took care of the rest.

How about Jeff Green with 14 points. "I haven't always been successful, obviously, I haven't won every elimination game, but I've had some really good games and I've had some sub-par games as well".

The Celtics have had more time to get used to their injuries: Gordon Hayward has been out since the first game of the season, and Kyrie Irving has been sidelined since March.

Continuing the series' freakish home/road differences, George Hill gave the Cavs an injection of playmaking. I think about the teams that I've played over this run and the players that I've played over this run, slightly.

James has played more minutes and scored more points and had to do more than any other player on any team in these playoffs.

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