LeBron's 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals


"Even if you start back to the summertime where I felt like it was just bad for our franchise just to be able to trade away our superstar point guard", James told ESPN's Rachel Nichols.

"I had to get him back for the two shots he hit on me in Cleveland".

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. [LeBron] played all 82 games in his 15th season. James dominated Sunday's game, playing all 48 minutes and ending up with 35 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists, and providing a dose of swagger that motivated his teammates to victory.

Love made the trip to Boston and was in attendance Sunday night.

The Warriors swept the two regular-season meetings with the Cavaliers, winning by seven at home on Christmas Day (without Curry) and prevailing by 10 in Cleveland about three weeks later.

"We said we want to do this for Kevin, " Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.

Given the turmoil within the team, the roster turnover at the trade deadline and the inconsistent play all season long, some are saying that getting the 2018 Cavs to the NBA Finals is the greatest accomplishment of LeBron's storied career.

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"I just love everything about the kid, the way he plays the game and his demeanor", James said.

The network's impressive ECF has been matched by TNT's broadcast of the Western Conference Finals, which was up 33 percent from a year ago heading into Golden State's Game 7 win over Houston on Monday night.

"Best player in the game", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after Friday's game. His 3-pointer with 5:44 left in the fourth quarter gave Cleveland the lead it would never relinquish.

The offseason will be one where the Celtics, who earned the 2nd-seed in the Eastern Conference in 2017-2018, don't just look like one of the top teams in the East on paper.

After Cleveland was ahead 76-73 with 4:44 to go, Boston missed its next nine field-goal attempts as the Cavs opened the lead to 86-74 heading into the final seconds.

Both teams rallied from 3-2 series deficits in the conference finals. I just think about what I need to do to impact this series, to impact the game, to help my team.