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

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Horford's general preference to not take over games via scoring (he only reached 20 points five times in 19 playoff games, and never had more than 26 points this postseason) has hurt the Celtics, but if he did seek out more of his own buckets he wouldn't be the huge net positive that he is.

LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Boston Celtics 87-79 in a thrilling Game 7 showdown on Sunday night.

The NBA final begins Thursday at either Houston or Golden State.

The Boston Celtics, more than any team who made the Conference Finals this year, relied on their whole team to get them that far.

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

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Following the game, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens voiced that James' performance in the series despite being the focal point in the defensive game plan was simply absurd, according to Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports. The future is certainly bright for the Celtics and Jayson Tatum.

The "King" was sensational once again for Cleveland on Sunday (Monday in Manila), as he logged a near triple-double in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference finals series against the Boston Celtics.

James won't sit atop the Eastern Conference throne forever, and he saw the team that will eventually take his place up close and personal in the Eastern Conference finals.

But ultimately Boston's bad 3-point shooting (7-of-39) and 29-percent second-half shooting did the team in.

Even if Boston loses in a Game 7 that will have LeBron going to his eight straight finals appearance, the C's will have two All-Stars integrated back into this incredibly balanced roster during the summer.

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James led the Cavaliers in the first half with 17 points and 10 rebounds but they trailed for much of the half in front of a crowd of 18,600 at the Boston Garden. "I know what I'm capable of doing, and I'm going to trust everything I put into it". James didn't look very pleased (and borderline shocked) with the bump, but Tatum said he meant no disrespect by it after the game.

"It was pretty incredible run by an incredible group of guys, and an absolute pleasure and privilege to be around them every day", Stevens said.

"I'm the leader of this team, and I'm going to give what I've got".

"We just couldn't quite knock them down, and to no fault of anybody".

ESPN is included in the Hulu Live TV package along with many other great cable and local channels, so you'll be able to quickly join in time to watch the Cavs Celtics Game 7 series finale online. He exhausted late in Game 5, when the Celtics won their 10th straight at home this postseason.

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But Jeff Green, elevated to a starting role due to Love's injury, hit one of his two 3-pointers, and James fed Tristan Thompson the next trip down as the Cavaliers went back up four.