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LeBron Drops 46, Cavaliers Force Game 7 With, 109-99, Win Over Celtics

By John 'The Dude' Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com

LeBron James goes off for 46 points in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals to help the Cleveland Cavaliers avoid elimination with their, 109-99, win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night.

The Celtics came into Game 6 looking to eliminate the Cavaliers, with their 3-2 series lead, but things didn’t work out too well for them as they will now welcome the Cavs back to Boston on Sunday night for a Game 7 of the East Finals.

Jaylen Brown and the Celtics opened up the game with an early 10-6 lead at 6:58 and hustled their way through the quarter to maintain the lead behind solid play from their rising stars and company.

Boston shot 61.1 percent from the field, with Brown dropping a cool 15 points in the first en route to a 25-20 lead to start the second.

But during the first quarter this happened, and Kevin Love never made a return to the game.

Brown hit six of his first eight shots, with two of coming from beyond the arc.

Cleveland took their first lead of the game at 34-33 only four minutes into the second following a LeBron James three and they never looked back.

The Cavaliers continued their strong offensive play as they went onto complete a 20-4 run to go up 44-34 with 4:59 left in the first half.

After out-scoring the Celtics 34-to-18 in the second, the Cavaliers were up 54-43 heading into halftime.

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James had 25 of the Cavaliers’ 54 first half points after knocking down three from deep and shooting 52.9 percent from the field.

Al Horford put up zero points on 0-for-4 from the field, but he did have four rebounds and three assists in the first half.

And after going off in the first quarter for 15, Brown only had two points in the second.

The turnovers kept piling up for the Celtics in the third and the Cavs were quick to take advantage of them by going up by as much as 15 points in the quarter.

But the C’s eventually grinded their way back to cut the Cavs’ lead to 10 by the end of the third at .

Terry Rozier III and the Celtics were able to cut their deficit to seven but they just couldn’t get over the hump and overcome their second quarter woes, as the Cavaliers go onto to win, 109-99, to force a Game 7 in Boston on Sunday night.

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Boston finished the night shooting 51.4 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from deep. But they struggled from the line, going 11-for-20 for 55 percent.

Cleveland on the other hand nailed 18 of their 22 freebies for 81.8 percent, while shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from beyond the arc.

The Cavs committed one more foul than the Celtics and they out-rebounded them 44-to-31.

James led all scorers with 46 points (17-33 FG, 5-7 3PT), 11 rebounds and nine assists, to go along with three steals and a block in 46 minutes.

And the rest of the Cavs’ starters combined for 27 points after losing Love just five minutes into the game.

George Hill and Jeff Green combined for 34 points on 50 percent shooting.

Rozier III lead all Celtics with 28 points (10-16 FG, 6-10 3PT), three rebounds and seven assists in 40 minutes.

Brown finished up 27 points after shooting 61.1 percent and going off for 15 in the first.

Jayson Tatum finished with 15. And after not scoring a single point in first half, Horford ended up with six points, nine boards and four assists on 2-for-8 from the field.

Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart combined for 20 points off the bench on 7-for-17 from the field and 3-for-7 from deep.

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The Eastern Conference Finals will come to a close on Sunday night when the Celtics welcome the Cavaliers back to Boston for an 8:30 p.m. tip.

UP NEXT: The #2 Boston Celtics (55-27/3-3) will welcome the #4 Cavaliers (50-32/3-3) back to Boston on Sunday night for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell, live on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 8:00 p.m., with tip-off set for 8:30 p.m.

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