Cavaliers avoid elimination, force a Game 7 against the Celtics: 3 takeaways

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Instead, the series will head back to Boston for a winner-take-all Game 7, with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line.

After scoring just six points in Game 6, Al Horford came out much more aggressively in Game 7, scoring 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting in the first half. "I think that the way in which he's done that and all of the years now that he's made The Finals and gone deep into the playoffs, it's unbelievable".

"Feels good just to be able to play for another game", James said after the game. The first play was a massive alley-oop from LeBron to Jeff Green, and the Cavs never looked back from there. Look for him to come off the bench earlier this time around. "I think he's the all-time leading scorer on elimination games, so add this to it".

"To have him on our side, it kind of lets me take a deep breath of fresh air". Those traits can't just show-through in their own building with 18,624 fans having their backs, while showering LeBron James with boos and laughing at J.R. Smith's shot selection. "It's just something special".

The Cavaliers needed everything LeBron (and some key role players) had to give on Friday considering the loss of their five-time All-Star Kevin Love just five minutes into the game. Not long after, he was back in the locker room being checked for a concussion and didn't return for the rest of the night.

"You've got to be mentally tough", coach Tyronn Lue said before the game. Several left before the game had officially ended. "No concerns. You've got to be ready to play now". They played for Kevin.

Now, they must collectively deliver when it matters most, on the road, and there is no indication that will happen. Not only that, but he was also a ideal 5-for-5 from the floor while being a plus-10.

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"Pretty obvious that we haven't been as good on the road, and when we get that opportunity on Friday, we need to play better, and that's the bottom line. We have to go out there with an aggressive mentality". (10 points, seven rebounds, two steals) also offered energy and finishing prowess off the bench for the Cavs, who led by as many as 16 points. He threw a lob up to Larry Nance he closed in on the rim. Whoever has grabbed the most rebounds has won the game so far this series and that trend continued Friday night.

"We have one more game to be able to compete for a championship, what more can you ask for?" "Playoffs are a different animal". George Hill chipped in 20 points.

Brown scored 15 points in the first quarter and finished with 27 for the game, but had just two points in that awful second quarter for Boston. James, who has the highest scoring average in elimination games in National Basketball Association history at 34.1 points per game, has won his past five Game 7s, including the first round this season against the Indiana Pacers. Totals 38-74 11-20 99. All signs pointed towards a Celtics-Cavaliers conference final.

Other Celtics who received votes for the all-defensive teams were guard Marcus Smart and guard/forward Jaylen Brown.

Boston continued to apply the pressure, however, with Terry Rozier cutting the lead to 10 with his fifth three-pointer of the night in the dying seconds of the third.

Tomorrow night in Boston, he will try to do it again.

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