The best two words in sports are Game 7. On Sunday, the Cavaliers came back from an early 12-point deficit to hand the Boston Celtics their first home loss of the postseason. Cleveland advances to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season, where they’ll await the winner of the Warriors and Rockets in Monday’s Game 7. By CBSSports
LeBron James, who played all 48 minutes, had the monster game the Cavs needed from him: 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists. The win sends James to his eighth consecutive NBA Finals, and it’s the fourth straight for the Cavs. By Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
LeBron James roared at the crowd of green. A horse-collar tackle disguised as a foul couldn’t stop him. When his layup was ruled good, the memorable dagger in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 87-79 coronation in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, James released a scream and the baseline of silenced fans could only marvel. James had showed up once again. By Candace Buckner Washington Post
LeBron James and the Cavaliers are still the champs in the East.
James, playing in his 100th game in a row this season, pushed the Cavs to a fourth consecutive NBA Finals with 35 points in Cleveland’s 87-79 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. By Joe Vardon, Cleveland.com
And I know, the Cavaliers are trying to go to their fourth consecutive NBA Finals. It’s almost a given ever since LeBron James returned in the summer of 2014. But I remember all the bad old days with Cavaliers, sitting under the basket for $2.50 at the old, long-gone Cleveland Arena in 1970. That expansion team opened the season by losing 27 of its first 28 games. By Terry Pluto, The Plain Dealer
LeBron James stood below the baseline and glared at Terry Rozier, seemingly incredulous that the Boston Celtics‘ young point guard would have the audacity to try to dunk in transition with James in the vicinity.
It’s a scene that we’ve seen play out countless times now. And while the chase-down block might be James’ signature version, this more traditional swat was no less remarkable. Even as the springy Rozier launched at the basket in transition, James simply rose up and smothered the attempt late in the third quarter. By Chris Forsberg, ESPN
Seven months ago, the Celtics started a year that was filled with great hope and expectations. Then five minutes into their season-opener against the Cavaliers, their star forward, Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome season-ending ankle injury. Just like that, it was widely believed that the Celtics’ hopes for something magical would have to be deferred. By Adam Himmelsbach, Boston Globe
Despite playing the Celtics, LeBron James decided to honor the Irish by celebrating his high school with the Nike LeBron 15 “SVSM.” Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images