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NBA: Celtics push James, Cavs to brink with Game 5 win

NBA: Celtics push James, Cavs to brink with Game 5 win

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But if Friday was in fact James' final home game in Cleveland, he left Northeast Ohio with a performance for the ages to remember him by. Boston played well but LeBron at the height of his powers, along with some key contributions from the supporting cast, was just too much. "I know what I'm capable of doing".

Isaiah Thomas, Dwyayne Wade, Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose, Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert were all traded and Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Rodney Hood and George Hill were acquired.

Continuing the series' freaky home/road differences, George Hill gave the Cavs an injection of playmaking.

The key, though, was James. He is now listed as Out for tomorrow night's game in Boston.

"He did look a little exhausted to me", Lue said.

The Cavaliers and Celtics are tied in the Eastern Conference Finals 3-3. "We've got to get the job done". "I felt some pain in my right leg from the inside of my knee down to my ankle. I was hoping for the best". At the very least, they'd take the Cavaliers to the buzzer. However, for any fan of basketball, there is nothing but respect for last night's effort, which puts James in the vaulted company of Wilt Chamberlain now.

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James is in the midst of the most prolific postseason of his career. "It was just a feeling that you can't explain unless you've been a part of it". "It's just something special".

It was another elimination-game performance Cavs coach Tyronn Lue attributed to "greatness" and a "championship pedigree". Best player in the game. James responded with a primal scream that sent a message to the young Celtics: If you want my mantle, you're going to have to take it.

The Celtics had a late run in the fourth quarter to keep it close, but the Cavaliers were able to keep the Celtics at bay with the help of two dagger 3-pointers from LeBron James.

"He delivered", Lue said. "He was up for the challenge". "We can't just rely on us being at home for an excuse that it's going to be easy". "Had a chance there to cut it to 4 on a shot".

One problem. They still had to contend with three quarters of LeBron James.

Love and Tatum inadvertently collided midway through the quarter and both immediately dropped to the floor.

Love missed Game 3 in the 2016 Finals due to a concussion, and missed a March 28 matchup this season for the same reason. "That's what we did. The guys came together and played for Kevin". Follow him @RickNoland on Twitter. Boston was a poor 11-of-20 at the line. Totals 38-74 11-20 99. Jordan, of course, was a ideal 6-0. Cleveland finished with a 44-31 advantage in rebounding, including 15-5 on the offensive boards, and went 18-of-22 at the stripe.

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